LIVING INTUITIVELY: Making Sense of Intuitive Feeling

Abstract: We are all intuitive. The trick is learning how each of our unique intuitive abilities work. In this 4-part series, I’ll discuss the four main intuitive skills—seeing, hearing, feeling, and knowing—and include tips and stories about how to recognize and use these skills every day.

LIVING INTUITIVELY: Making Sense of Intuitive Feeling

Yes, you’re intuitive. It should go without saying, but we live in a skeptical world that’s forgotten how to tap the innate senses that correspond so closely to our physical ones. Learning to use our intuition will make these innate skills second nature, which is what they should be.

In this last of a four-part series on understanding the four main intuitive skills, I’ll focus on intuitive feeling, or clairsentience. This is a frequently misunderstood and unappreciated intuitive skill. With good reason.

Clairsentience: Intuitive Feeling

Clairsentience is the intuitive skill of experiencing the feelings and emotions of the beings around you. That is, people with this dominant ability experience the feelings and emotions of people, animals, trees, plants, homes, businesses, cars … you name it. Since everything is alive, has a soul, consciousness, rights, responsibilities, and opinions, everything has feelings and emotions, too, so the clair-feeling individual can get bombarded.

Consider this a “softer” intuitive ability that often corresponds to “softer” people: it can make you more sensitive to your surroundings because you keenly understand what’s going on with beings in the world around you. However, it can also make you more susceptible to energy vampires, those beings who suck up the energy of those around them, whether they are aware they’re doing it or not.

Clair-feeling helps people understand emotions, feelings—the soft-hearted underbelly most of us try to hide. It’s useful in understanding “how people tick,” especially when they’re not inclined to share. It can be especially useful in creating relationships with family, friends, and animals because it gives a deeper insight into personalities and needs, wants, and desires.

Many people with clair-feeling as their dominant ability gravitate towards helping professions, from teaching to medical. These are professions where their clients need help of some kind, distinguishing them from what is considered the typical corporate business model that includes retail and professional services.

The Problem with Clairsentience

However, the difficulty is that many people are now confusing clair-feeling with empathy, which can recognize or mirror the feelings of others. Thus people label themselves, or others, as “sensitives,” and can become overwrought at the thought of being in large public spaces or in crowds, because they get overwhelmed by the weight of outside influences. The problem isn’t empathy or clair-feeling: the problem is actually a lack of properly developed and maintained energy boundaries, which means that the individual is allowing themselves to actually experience others’ emotions instead of simply being aware of them. Once these people learn to create effective boundaries, they can function well with an intuitive skill that can give great insight into how we can all better get along.

As an example of clair-feeling, consider mediums who connect with the dead simply by emotions. They don’t see, hear, or know the dead are there, but they can feel their grief and despair at being separated from loved ones, worry, or even elation at being free from a painful body.

If you are a clair-feeling person, know that you can get additional insight into the people (and animals, trees, houses, etc.) around you by simply paying attention to what feelings are coming off them—even if you’re not physically together. Added to test scores, work performance, physical appearance, and other clues, clair-feeling can help you determine how people are doing, which can help everyone function better at home and at work.

Like all intuitive skills, keeping track of your experiments and hits and misses with clair-feeling will help you distinguish between what you objectively and subjectively know about the environment around you. But your most important aid in mastering this skill is learning to create effective energy boundaries, which will help you maintain your own stable emotional state while understanding others. This skill isn’t a disability: it’s a sure aid to helping all of us learn to understand each other on a deeper subconscious level that appreciates differences and builds a more cohesive world.

Robyn M Fritz MA MBA CHt hosts the OM Times radio show, “The Practical Intuitive: Mind Body Spirit for the Real World.” An intuitive and spiritual consultant and certified past life regression specialist, she is an award-winning author whose next book is “The Afterlife Is a Party: What People and Animals Teach Us About Love, Reincarnation, and the Other Side.” Find her at

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