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Those with clairsentience sniff out the energy of a person or place as quickly as leftover tuna salad.

They have gut feelings so accurate that their friends use them as a first date screener!

They pass by people on the street and know whom they should and shouldn’t trust. And they always know when they’re being lied to (yes, parents, that’s as convenient as you may think!).

Clairsentience (meaning“clear feeling” or “inner feeling”), just like any other psychic ability, can be developed, fine tuned, and increased.

If you find yourself picking up on the emotions of others, or sensing the energy around people and places, you’re in the right spot!

BTW, if you’re not sure if clairsentience is one of your psychic gifts, check out this post: Are You Clairsentient? 12 Unmistakable Signs

6 Ways to Increase Clairsentience 1. Focus on your environment

Clairsentient people are HIGHLY impacted by their surroundings — they will TOTALLY notice if you move their table over an inch or mess with their flower arrangement.

Any veteran clairsentient will tell you that you can’t just plop down on a laundry-filled couch and work on developing your psychic abilities.

Yikes! I get anxiety just thinking about it!

So, before you work on developing clairsentience, focus on what’s around you

Is your space cluttered? Can you sense the dirty dishes, even though you’re upstairs? Wait! Don’t stop reading!

I’m not going to tell you to go downstairs and tackle all those chores right now (that’s what Merry Maids is for, right?!).

But I will tell you to start by creating ONE one space that’s clean, fresh, and psychic development ready.

Clairsentient space clearing tips:
  • Carve out a space. It can be just a corner of a room. Or a whole room that’s all yours. Fill you space with fluffy chair cushions, a cozy blanket, vision boards, journals, crystals, posters of Bradley Cooper, and anything else that makes you feel happy!
  • Go green. My clairsentience makes me super sensitive to my surroundings. I’ve noticed that going green (using things like Mrs. Meyers cleaning products – the lemon scented one OMG –  wool dryer balls with essential oils, etc.) helps a lot. Plus, it makes me feel more connected to nature which makes me feel more grounded.
  • Use sage. Clearing your space with sage is especially great for us clairsentients! After you set up your sacred space, take a few moments, set an intention that the space be filled with love and light and sage smudge the area or room.

Believe me, as a clairsentient and empath, these tips make a HUGE difference! 

NOW you’ll have a nice clear space to comfortably meditate and practice psychic development exercises that will increase your clairsentience. Yay!

2. Borrow a friend’s friend

… or family member.

I know that sounds a little weird, but this is SO much fun! Here’s what to do:

  • Ask a friend to show you a picture of someone they know very well, but you’ve never met or heard much about.
  • Once they show you the picture, focus on the person’s eyes, and feel how they were feeling when the picture was taken. Were they happy? Sad? Anxious? Would you trust this person?
  • When you’re done, ask your friend for feedback! Did you sense that the person was happy, only to find out that the picture was taken right after their NFL team won the Superbowl? Or did you sense they were trustworthy to find out that they helped your friend through a really difficult time?

Repeat this exercise as many times as you want (plus learn more about the people in your friend’s life!).

3. Sense the energy from a personal object

Did you know that your favorite sweater, treasured family locket, and well loved childhood stuffed animal have ALL absorbed some of your energy? Yep!

Our energy transfers to the things we own — and the more we use/wear/treasure the object, the more energy there is.

One of the most fabulous ways to develop clairsentience is do practice psychometry.

Psychometry means reading the energy off an an object and here’s how to do it:

  • Invite your friend over. Ask them to bring over a family heirloom or piece of jewelry. (Tip: jewelry works great because metal can hold energy like forever!) Make sure the object is from someone that you never met.
  • Rub your hands together and take some deep breaths.
  • Hold the object for a few minutes. Try to sense what kind of energy it’s giving off. Is it positive or negative?
  • Now, sense the energy of the person who owns or owned the object. Are/were they happy? Humorous? Depressed? 

Again, check in with your friend and ask for feedback.

If you want to learn more about psychometry, check out this post.

4. Balance your chakras

Balanced and unblocked chakras allow energy to flow smoothly through your body!

Making sure your 7 chakras (root, sacral, solar plexus, heart, throat, third eye, and crown) are balanced is critical in the psychic development journey.

Balanced chakras allow you to connect with your energy and build your psychic abilities on a healthy foundation.

You’ll feel lighter and raise your vibration, too!

And I’ll be honest. Unbalanced chakras feel like a big, nasty drag. So…

Here are some quick tips for balancing your chakras:
  • Do yoga. You don’t have to become a yoga master or anything. Even 10-15 minutes doing some yoga breathing can help.
  • Let it goooooooo. Start being intentional about letting things GO! Your emotions, situations you can’t control, and inevitable change.
  • Do anything you enjoy. Did you used to draw when you were a kid? Break out that sketch pad! Are bubble baths your thing? Hop in the tub! Or, how about closing your door, putting on your favorite song, and singing your heart out? Reconnect with whatever you used to find enjoyment in… the rest will come. :)

  • Use rose or lavender essential oil on your heart chakra. You know I use essential oils for just about EVERYTHING. For developing your clairsentience, mix 1 part rose oil into 4 parts unscented organic lotion (or any carrier oil). Then, rub it on your heart chakra area and meditate for 15 minutes. Voila! The heart connection is PERFECT for opening your clairsentience!
  • Use rose or lavender essential oil on your solar plexus chakra. Use the same recipe above, but instead of using the oil on your heart chakra, rub it over your solar plexus (the area around your navel). Then, meditate. Opening up the solar plexus chakra is wonderful for developing clairsentience, since this is where your gut feelings come from.
  • Diffuse essential oil. You can also diffuse some lavender or rose essential oil in your sacred space for an extra clairsentience boost!
  • Use fluorite crystal on your heart or solar plexus chakra. Fluorite is OMGorgeous! Place it on either the heart or solar plexus chakra during meditation.

Tip: There are lots of essential oils that you can use for developing your psychic abilities. Here’s a full list. You can use any oil you feel drawn to!

5. Make a crystal grid

Certain crystals are awesome for helping to develop your psychic gifts.

I love fluorite and amethyst for opening up all of the psychic abilitiesespecially clairsentience.

A crystal grid is nothing fancy, so don’t be intimidated. It only takes a few minutes to make one. And honestly, you can’t make a mistake :)

That said, here’s a general “guide” that you can follow and tweak:

  • Get yourself 8-12 pretty crystals. (Or however many you want!) You can use all fluorite, all amethyst, or a mix of the two!
  • Place one crystal in the center. Arrange the other crystals around it in a circular pattern.
  • As you lay out your crystals, set the intention that you can clearly and accurately receive psychic impressions through feeling.
  • Next, place the pattern of crystals under your bed, under your meditation space, or on a table.
  • Voila, done!

Tips:

  • For a crystal “boost”, rub a little rose or lavender essential oil on your crystals.
  • Some people like place their crystals on a piece of paper with a grid pattern on it. If that makes you happy, go for it! But you don’t have to. Just laying out the crystals in a circular (or whatever) pattern is great! Follow the KISS principle: Keep it super simple!
6. Meditate

You knew I wasn’t going finish the post without mentioning meditation, right? Meditation allows you to connect with your Higher Self (you know, the part of you that knows why you’re here and what you’re supposed to be doing?)…

But it can also help you become receptive to receiving intuitive messages.

Meditating doesn’t have to be complicated… you can simply close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and then start set your intention (to increase clairsentience and receive messages).

Then:

  • Start focusing on your psychic abilities. Imagine yourself receiving intuitive messages from Spirit.
  • Imagine being wide open to intuitive messages and receiving them at whim. Picture yourself passing by someone and feeling you can trust them, without them saying a world. How cool is that?!
Developing Clairsentience Takeaways

Anyone can develop clairsentience. Start by clearing out a little space for yourself and then trying the different exercises above. If you’re not sure where to start, psychometry (exercise number 3 above) is always great!

You can also practice reading objects from antique stores and garage sales!

It’s also nice to use essential oils during meditation or while practicing the exercises above. Rose essential oil is great for clairsentience. And lavender is a good “go to” oil for developing all the intuitive gifts.

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Everyone has natural psychic ability. Surprised? :)

If you’re ready to jump into your intuitive goodness, ditch the sidelines, and find out what psychic gifts YOU have, look no further!

Below is an overview of all the psychic gifts and the signs or “symptoms” (as a lot of my students say) of each.

By the end of this post, you’ll know which natural psychic gifts you have and what your next steps are!

Your Natural Psychic Ability: How to Know Which Gifts You Have

To kick it off, you should know that there are four main psychic abilities. These are the ways that we receive psychic messages and information. They are:

  • Clairvoyance – Psychic seeing in the form of visions, symbols, and pictures in your mind.
  • Clairaudience – The ability to hear psychically through the auditory channel. (Yes, it IS as cool as it sounds!)
  • Clairsentience – Psychic feeling or sensing, including vibes and moods from people and places. (Going into an antique store when you’re clairsentient can be super fun, unless you’re an empath!)
  • Claircognizance – Intuitively knowing something without knowing HOW you know (i.e. there is no logic behind it, you just know for sure).

In a minute, we’re going to discover which of these psychic abilities you have. 

Here’s the best part: Once you understand which gifts come naturally to you, you can start practicing and developing them! (Of course, I encourage you to develop ALL of these abilities, but it can be fun to start with whatever natural psychic ability you have.)

Tips: How to use this info

As you read the descriptions of each psychic ability below (called the “clairs”) notice which stand out to you. And:

  • If you identify with multiple clairs, great! That means you have MORE than one natural psychic ability! (You might even have all of them.)
  • Don’t worry if you only resonate with ONE of the clairs. You can learn how to develop ALL of the intuitive abilities. I used to be weak in clairvoyance. But through practice, I was able to develop it as much as my other clairs. You’ll be able to do the same.
  • You don’t have to have every sign for every clair. For example, I only have about half of the signs for clairvoyance. Just see what resonates, trust your gut and don’t overthink it.

BTW, it’s normal for one or two of your psychic abilities to be stronger than the others.

So whether you resonate with all four clairs or only one, no worries because it’s all doable and completely fun :)

Okay, let’s dig in and see which natural psychic ability you have. So exciting!

1. Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance is one of the most popular psychic gifts because it’s made a starring appearance in Hollywood movies and shows (like Psych and The Sixth Sense).

But, even with its popularity, clairvoyance is a psychic ability that is often misrepresented. That means, you could be clairvoyant and not even know it! Believe me, it’s nothing like what you see in the movies.

What is Clairvoyance?

Clairvoyance is the ability to receive intuitive information in visions. Usually, you’ll see this visions in your head (known as the mind’s eye – in the third eye chakra area).

The truth about clairvoyance is:

  • Visions may look like movies playing in your head rather than dramatic projections that freeze time… and they can entail ALL sorts of messages.
  • You may see numbers, colors, still pictures of people, places, or objects.
  • The visions/images are often symbolic. For example, you may wonder why a pair of baby booties keeps flashing before your eyes and later find out that your bestie is pregnant.

Remember: There’s no right or wrong way to be a clairvoyant (thankfully).

Signs that you’re a clairvoyant psychic:
  • You see movement, flashes or twinkles of light out of the corner of your eye.
  • You’re a visual learner.
  • Your dreams are incredibly vivid (and they might come true sometimes).
  • Daydreaming and imagining? You got that! (Your parents or teachers might have complained that you had your “head in the clouds.”)
  • You have seen a Spirit in your mind’s eye or in physical form.
  • As a child, you had imaginary friends or saw angels.
  • You’ve had a psychic vision (duh!) or an image that “flashed” before your eyes (and the vision may have come true).
  • You see other people’s auras (glowing light).
  • It’s easy for you to visualize.
  • You have a great sense of direction.
  • Mazes, puzzles, and maps are easy for you to figure out.
  • You can plan things in your head (the way a room should be decorated, your new landscaping…).
  • You REALLY appreciate beauty… fine art, a beautiful home…

If you’re thinking “OMG, that’s me!” check this out: 6 Ways to Increase Psychic Seeing

2. Clairsentience

When my daughter was 14, I pulled her out of school to homeschool her. Prior to that, she was really struggling, in part, because she’s extremely empathic and clairsentient. When someone is sad, angry, or ecstatic, she feels it.

She is so sensitive to energy that school would leave her feeling exhausted, anxious, and overwhelmed.

Can you relate to these feelings when you’re at work, school or out and about? Spoiler alert: If so, you’re probably clairsentient.

What is Clairsentience?

Clairsentience refers to a clear feeling or sense about something. It’s the psychic ability to receive intuitive messages via feelings, emotions, or physical sensations.

Clairsentient people sense the energy around them and get psychic impressions from those feelings. Being empathic (feeling the emotions of others) is also a part of clairsentience. (You are NOT “too sensitive!”)

Signs that clairsentience is a natural psychic ability for you:
  • Being in large crowds drains you. Mega shoe sale at Macy’s… I think I’ll shop online!
  • Tense situations leave you feeling really tense or anxious (more than the average person).
  • You can’t shop at thrift stores or wear second-hand clothing.
  • Organic products are your friend, as you may be sensitive to chemicals.
  • Your friends think you have superpowers because you can always tell when something is wrong with them… even when they are trying to hide it!
  • Watching the news and those animal commercials with Sara McLaughlin singing… YOU. CAN’T. EVEN. You actually go out of your way to avoid the news and reading the paper.
  • When you walk into a room, you can sense the energy. If someone just had a fight or argument, you’ll feel that something is “off.”
  • You’ve physically felt other people’s intense emotions (like anger or fear).
  • When you play music, you can feel it in your soul.
  • You are super sensitive to your environment and can’t stand clutter or dirt. The Container Store is heaven on earth for you!
  • You’ve sensed Spirits or loved ones in heaven around you.
3. Clairaudience

Clairaudience is another natural psychic ability. It means “clear hearing”, and it’s the ability to receive auditory intuitive messages. It’s like having psychic hearing and ears!

If the thought of a spirit calling your name and making you spill your wine mid-bubble bath has you squirming, don’t worry! Clairaudience, like clairvoyance, is often misunderstood.

What is Clairaudience?

Most of the time, clairaudience refers to inner hearing (although it can sometimes be external). You may “hear” from your Spirit Guides, Higher Self, or a Spirit (especially if you study mediumship).

There is a LOT to this natural psychic ability. If you want to get the whole scoop, check out this post. It will help you understand clairaudience like a pro!

Signs that clairaudience is a natural psychic ability for you:
  • Loud noise (like Grandpa’s TV volume on 50) bothers you or makes you cringe.
  • You tend to hear things that others don’t.
  • You’re an auditory learner. If given the option, you’ll listen to a book on Audible rather than read it on your Kindle.
  • You have heard your name being called with no one else around (but not in a creepy way, I promise!).
  • You’ve heard ringing or high pitched sounds in your ears (without a medical reason).
  • You tend to talk to yourself (in your head) a lot.
  • People call you for advice. You’re the “Dear Abby” of the family!
  • As a child, you talked to imaginary friends.
  • You are musically inclined.
  • Each day, you NEED quiet time to feel sane and grounded.
  • You swear you can “hear” animals. (In a “blocks of thought” kind of way, not in a Mr. Ed kind of way :)
  • When you ask for signs, you receive them in songs and speech.

If you’re always the person telling others to, “turn that down!”, check out these clairaudient exercises.

4. Claircognizance

My husband has the best example of claircognizance. He and some coworkers were driving down the highway, when he had the clear knowing that everyone in the vehicle HAD to put on their seatbelts. He relayed the message to his confused colleagues, only to be struck (at high speed) minutes later.

There was no logical reason for him to KNOW they had to buckle up, but yet he did. The accident was bad and this claircognizant message may have saved his life!

What is Claircognizance?

Claircognizance (clear knowing) is a sense of knowing… even when there’s no logical reason for you to “know” something.

Somehow, you KNOW that you’re going to be okay, even when your doctor gives you bad news. Or you stop on the way home to pick up a frozen pizza because you KNOW that you dinner plans are going to fall through…

Signs that you’re claircognizant:
  • At least once, you’ve had a strong gut feeling that you couldn’t explain… that turned out to be right!
  • You’ve woken up with an insightful answer to a problem.
  • You have known something about someone (that they were lying or being phony) without any specific reason.
  • You tend to analyze things or have an analytical job.
  • Ideas or thoughts pop into your head, seemingly out of the blue.
  • Your friends and family trust your gut feelings (because you’re usually right!).
  • You’ve known what the outcome of a situation will be (a marriage won’t last, your friend will survive her diagnosis…).
  • Mystery movies and novels don’t stump you. You’re a natural detective.
Next Steps to Increasing Your Natural Psychic Ability

Now that you have an idea of which of the natural psychic abilities you have, head over to this epic blog post that will give you 28 ideas on how to further develop and strengthen your intuitive gifts :)

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Clairsentient people have the gift of psychic sensing. If you can feel things about people (something is up with those two, I can feel it!) and places, or can’t figure out why you’re drained after going to the mall… read on…

Because clairsentience is probably one of your intuitive abilities!

And believe me, getting vibes about stuff is super useful in everyday life (and in professional psychic life if you’re called to go that route :)

Signs That You’re Clairsentient 1. You feel drained after being in a large group of people

Clairsentients feel energy… strongly. So imagine how draining it can be to engage with a large group of people for an extended amount of time!

Sensing everyone’s emotions, moods, and bad days could be the reason you leave work and swim to an island where you can be alone…

Clairsentient people NEED to recharge as much Aquaman needs water. Quiet time spent alone to rejuvenate is a must.

When my daughter was 14, I pulled her out of school to be homeschooled. She struggled at school, in part, because she’s extremely empathic and clairsentient. When someone is sad, angry, or ecstatic, she feels it (can you imagine how distracting it would be to feel your teacher’s divorce pains in the middle of a math test?!).

This is one of the hallmarks of clairsentience: Being around other people (i.e. a lot of energy) can leave you feeling exhausted, anxious, or overwhelmed. Don’t worry though, you can totally learn how to live with and control clairsentience :)

2. You have awesome instincts about people, places and situations

Have you ever met someone and just known something about them (and you turned out to be right)? From the sleazy sales guy to the stranger on the street, if you sense people’s intentions with no logical explanation, that’s a pretty clear indicator that you are clairsentient!

Maybe your friends are always coming to you after their dates, and asking you what you think about their potential partner. Or maybe you’ve just known to steer clear of certain people who turned out to be bad news. Either way, that’s your clairsentience at work.

3. You sense energy in the room

Have you ever walked into a room just after an argument and known something had happened… without actually witnessing the fight?

Leftover energy is tangible to a clairsentient (which can make crowded places oh-so-draining).

In fact, I always carry a black tourmaline crystal in my purse to protect me from energies roaming about.

4. You always know when your friend had a bad day (even if they’re smiling)

If a friend has said, “How did you know I was sad/depressed/anxious?!” while looking at you with wide eyes, you might be clairsentient. Clairsentient people are like human emotion detectors!

Even if your bestie has a smile pasted all over her face, you’ll instantly sense that she’s had a terrible day.

Tip: Sensing your bestie’s energy can be super draining. If you find yourself wanting to head off to a desert island after interacting with even your closest friends, check out this post on my sister site: When Energy Vampires are People You Love

5. You need a box of Kleenex to watch the news

If you find yourself avoiding the news and reading the newspaper, it’s a classic sign that clairsentience is one of your psychic abilities. 

Because it’s soooo easy for empaths to pick up energy, distressing stories are really difficult to stomach.

We can feel the terror of the people who lost everything in the hurricane, or feel the anxiety of those impacted by a recent law passed.

I stopped watching the news years ago, and let me tell ya, it makes a HUGE difference! I feel so much lighter and less bogged down (and of course, it gives me more time to binge uplifting TV and read inspiring books like The Four Agreements – OMG seriously a MUST read for anyone going through a spiritual or psychic awakening!).

Of course it’s great to stay informed, but personally, I was spending more time despairing about those across the world than myself! So if you find yourself avoiding horrible clickbait stories, you’re not alone. Try going news free for a week and see how you feel!

6. Emotional movies leave you in tears

I simply cannot watch Forrest Gump ever again (OMG the scene where Mama tells Forrest she’s dying?! Heartbreak!).

Of course it’s Hollywood’s job to make us feel things from their movies, but if intense movies and TV leave you wondering if it’s time to buy stock in Kleenex, it’s a sign you might be clairsentient.

If clairsentience is one of your gifts, you can actually feel the emotions the characters are portraying… and after a few hours of that – ugh! Totally exhausting!

7. You feel emotions (not your own) randomly, and seemingly without cause

If you get waves of emotions for seemingly no reason, don’t let your friends convince you it’s PMS… you may just be clairsentient! Spirits and energy are constantly around us, and as a clairsentient, you may sense their energies.

8. You are super sensitive to your environment

Do subtle changes in your room or workplace dramatically impact you? Does clutter in your space feel like clutter in your mind and impact the way you work? Clairsentient people are very connected to their environments because environments have their own energy.

When I bought my home in 2007, it was because the energy in the house felt so amazing! Of course, it was super cute, too… but the wonderful, loving feeling in the house is what sold me :)

If shifts in your environment throw you for a loop, and clutter makes you want to crawl out of your skin – you might be clairsentient!

9. You physically feel other people’s pain (physical and emotional)

Have you ever felt the hunger pains of a homeless person? Or the dull ache of someone you’re visiting in the hospital? People who have clairsentience not only pick up on mental energy, but physical pain as well.

If you find yourself in this position a lot, remove yourself from the situation as much as possible (i.e. don’t volunteer at the pediatric ward of the hospital – instead, volunteer to walk puppies for the Humane Society!).

10. People say you’re too sensitive

Are people always telling you that you’re too sensitive? Have you been called “empathic” a lot?

If you have clairsentience, it totally makes sense! People who can feel psychically can also be referred to as empaths. They feel other people’s feelings very strongly.

So if your friends and family have described you as empathetic, or call you whenever they’re having a tough time because they KNOW you’ll understand, you may be clairsentient.

11. You have strong gut feelings

If you’re known for near spot on gut feelings, you might be clairsentient. Those who have clairsentience can sense people’s intentions, motives, and feelings without ever saying hello!

They may get the feeling that the new boss is super cool before they order pizza for the whole office, or steer a friend away from a guy who turned out to be a total fraud.

12. You can’t shop at thrift stores

I know that flea market flips, antiquing and upcycling are all the rage right now, but if you JUST. CAN’T. do the whole antique/shop at thrift stores/have old, upcycled furniture in the house, it’s a pretty crystal clear indicator that clairsentience is one of your psychic abilities. (Speaking of crystals, I have a fun post here about the best crystals for psychics.)

Remember, even an OMG gorgeous vintage ring carries a ton of energy from the former owner. So if you find that you just can’t do vintage/antique, it’s probably because you’re clairsentient!

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Claircognizance. There are people in the world who KNOW, without logic or reason, certain things. They know that their husband shouldn’t take his normal route to work without turning on the news, and they know their son shouldn’t have that first strawberry without a positive allergy test.

Those people aren’t super heroes (although they may be hailed that when their husband dodges a 2 hour traffic jam on the bridge), they’re claircognizant!

Do you ever just know things? Yet, you have no idea HOW you know? If so, claircognizance (the gift of psychic knowing) might be one of your psychic abilities. :) Let’s take a look at the signs and find out!

7 Signs You Have the Gift of Claircognizance 1. You’ve just known things (that have turned out to be totally true)

My husband has a great example of claircognizance: He was driving on the highway with some co-workers. He says he didn’t know why, but all of a sudden he knew he had to tell everyone to buckle up.

Less than five minutes later, their vehicle was rear ended from behind by a car going 65 miles an hour. The seat my husband was sitting in broke in half. He didn’t know why everyone needed to buckle up – he just knew they had to do it immediately!

So if you’ve just known something that turned out to be extremely accurate (and maybe even lifesaving), that’s a surefire sign that you’re claircognizant!

2. You’ve woken up with an insightful answer to a problem

Have you ever been woken up out of a deep sleep with an, “OMG, DUH!!” answer? If so, stick around because claircognizance may be one of your psychic abilities!

Whether the problem was an inventory issue at work, or world peace, claircognizant people get a deep sense of inner knowing that solves problems in insightful ways… and they don’t always know why they know – but boy, the message is loud and clear!

3. Your “gut instincts” are always right

People with claircognizance get gut instincts that are always right on the money. They know not to trust that guy, get on that plane, or eat that sushi from 7-11 (ok, maybe that one is just self preservation). But the thing is, no matter how many times they have to say, “Look, I can’t explain it, I just know,” their instinct is always accurate.

4. Your friends use you as an “intention detector”

Because of their clear (and dead accurate) inner knowing, claircognizant people may ask their friends to pop in with their first dates, just to see if their intentions are what they say they are.

People with claircognizance may also be asked to sit in on business or school meetings, or estate planning sessions. Because of their track record, friends and family inherently trust their opinion over logic or reason.

5. You have ideas pop into your head out of the blue

This is one of the hallmarks of claircognizance. Claircognizant people don’t usually know WHEN their messages are going to come to them.

You may be relaxing in a bubble bath, re-watching your fav House of Cards episode, or in the car pickup line at school when a thought or idea suddenly pops into your head… My dinner plans are going to be canceled, I need to check on grandma, don’t let little Joey eat the strawberries off the strawberry plant…

So if you have ideas or thoughts (that turn out to be totally accurate) pop into your head seemingly out of the blue, claircognizance is probably one of your psychic abilities!

6. You always know when someone is lying or being insincere

Do your friends call you a human lie detector? People with claircognizance know when someone is lying or being fake (even when they have no proof!). It’s true. Claircognizant people have a nose for insincerity. They can spot it a mile away, wearing camouflage, at night!

Almost nothing gets past them, and they are totally accurate when it comes to, “Whoa, don’t trust that guy, I don’t think he just wants directions!”

7. You know what the outcome of a situation will be

If you’ve heard something seemingly horrible (like your friend has come down with an awful illness), but have been reassured by knowing the outcome (which turned out to be true), you might have claircognizance!

Claircognizant people have a deep inner knowing that surpasses logic and reason. Regardless of the situation, they can be completely convinced that a certain thing will happen (even if it’s the underdog).

They can be the ones in a hospital waiting room already relieved at a recovery that hasn’t happened yet… “I know mom is going to be okay!”

8. *Bonus Sign*

You receive intuitive messages in other ways. For some people, claircognizance is the way they primarily receive intuitive information (i.e. it’s their strongest psychic gift).

But you may receive psychic messages in other ways, too!

In addition to being claircognizant, you may also be:

If you have any of these other “clairs”, it’s likely that claircognizance is one of your gifts, too :)

So, what do you think? After reading this, do you know you’re a claircognizant? If so, how many signs did you have?

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How to develop clairvoyance. Clairvoyance was popular long before Raven (in That’s So Raven) foresaw her parents busting her for dressing up like her aunt and skipping school.

In fact, clairvoyance is usually what people think of when they hear the word “psychic”. But despite being one of the most recognized psychic abilities, clairvoyance is universally misunderstood.

In a minute, we’re going to dive in to how to develop clairvoyance. Trust me, it’s super easy and really fun, too! (Psychic development should always be fun and never scary or a boring snore.)

First, let’s lay the groundwork and talk about what clairvoyance really is and how to know that it’s one of YOUR intuitive gifts, then… we’ll get into some exercises that will develop your clairvoyance (also known as opening your third eye).

What is Clairvoyance? (For Real)

Clairvoyance is the ability to receive intuitive information through visions, pictures, and symbols. It’s also known as “clear seeing” and often called the “gift of second sight.”

A clairvoyant experience is kinda like watching a movie in your head.

But unlike Hollywood’s version, these visions aren’t scary (who else lost a sleep after watching The Sixth Sense?) or over-the-top.

In fact, clairvoyant visions are just ONE of the many ways that Spirit and/or your Higher Self communicates with you! (The other ways to receive intuitive/psychic messages are through clairaudience – psychic hearing; clairsentience – psychic feelings; claircognizance – psychic knowing.)

I like to say that…

Clairvoyant abilities are like GIFs for the psychic world!

Clairvoyance does not stop you in your tracks or make you look like a wackadoodle in public. In fact, psychic visions  can be REALLY subtle!

Clairvoyant visions may come in the form of:
  • Vivid dreams
  • Sudden flashes or light
  • Twinkly/sparkly lights (you might see these out of the corner of your eye)
  • Seeing a color or “glow” around someone (their aura)
  • Brief mental images or pictures that flash before your eyes
  • Visions of symbols or objects
  • Mental pictures of a place or person
  • The image of something happening, right before it does

While movies and crime shows have commonly attached psychic abilities with scary messages (especially when it comes to the third eye), that is rarely the case because…

Our trusted Higher Selves, spirit guides, angels, and loved ones in heaven are the ones who send us information through clairvoyance.

So, there’s no need to be worried about where this psychic info is coming from. :)

Tip: As you continue learn how to develop clairvoyance, you’ll soon be able to know where the vision is coming from – whether it be one of your spiritual advisors or your late Aunt Susan.

Signs that You’re Clairvoyant

Right about now, you may be realizing that you have experienced clairvoyance throughout your life, not realizing what it was. That’s kind of exciting, right?

Here’s another cool fact… everyone has the ability to develop clairvoyance. All you need is a little guidance as to how (which is what we’re going to talk about next).

Remember: We are all intuitive beings which means that we ALL have the ability to connect with and develop our psychic abilities. That said…

Here are some common signs that you’re a clairvoyant psychic:
  • You’ve seen flashes of colored light, orbs, or twinkles.
  • You OMG LOVE beautiful things. Everything from interior design to sparkly crystals light you up!
  • Vivid dreams are common for you. (Yes, even if you can’t remember them!)
  • You’re “artsy.” A walk through an art museum or coloring mandalas soothes your soul!
  • Visualizing is easy for you. When I say picture Jon Hamm in your mind, you can totally see him.

Here’s a full blog post with all the signs that clairvoyance is one of your gifts.

If you’ve never had any of these experiences, no worries! We’re going to talk about how to develop clairvoyance now (and it’s going to be a lot of fun!)…

How to Develop Clairvoyance

First things first, you’ll need to follow the golden rule of psychic development: believe you can, and trust what comes.

Our brains are trained to keep out bologna. Our frontal lobe just loves to doubt what pops into our mind and keep us “logical”.

Clairvoyance defies what we’ve come to accept as logical. So your first instinct may be to think, “Oh, I just dozed off for a second, that wasn’t a vision”. But once you get started developing your psychic abilities, TRUST WHAT COMES… it’s there for a reason.

The second rule of thumb is to be patient! These exercises WILL teach you how to develop clairvoyance, but don’t except to become Mr. or Mrs. Psychic Olympian on the first go round :)

Clairvoyance Exercises: How to Develop Clairvoyance with Flowers

I love this psychic development exercise because it requires pretty flowers (which us third eye people appreciate). But, if you’re like one of my best friends, who can’t stand the smell of real flowers in the house, just grab a few fake ones from the craft store.

What you need: A few different types of flowers.

What to do:

  • Take one of the flowers and run your fingers over it.
  • Note the colors, textures, and imperfections.
  • Once you think you have a good picture of it, close your eyes and put the flower down.
  • Take a breath and relax.
  • With your eyes still closed, recall everything you can about the flower… Picture the flower in your mind’s eye – down to every detail.

Once you have gotten one flower down, move on to a different flower.

Alternate clairvoyance exercise: Try this visualization with a leaf or pine cone.

The bonus of this exercise is that these earthy elements will help keep you grounded – which is wonderful for psychic development beginners! :)

As you can see, it’s easy to learn how to develop clairvoyance with exercises like this that let you flex your third eye muscles! Let’s move onto another…

How to Develop Clairvoyance with Visualization Exercises

Practice makes perfect, so everyday, practice visualizing different things. I know this sounds ridiculously simple, but it truly is the secret sauce of how to develop clairvoyance…

Remember: Clairvoyance is all about seeing via your third eye.

Soooo, in order to have super strong third eye abilities, you need train yourself to easily see images in your mind’s eye. This way, when your Spirit Guides send you a message via your clairvoyance, you’ll be able to see it with ease!

Visualization Exercise #1

What you need: Your imagination!

What to do:

One of my favorite ways to do this, is to picture my perfect moment. Sometimes I’ve got my toes in the sand in Malibu with my husband smiling next to me. Other times, I’m front row at a Taylor Swift show, jamming out to Gorgeous.

Whatever your moment is, visualize it with the intent of opening the third eye chakra and improving your clairvoyant abilities.

Other visualization ideas to strengthen clairvoyance:

You can visualize anything you want for this exercise… Places, numbers, symbols, or faces. The key is to get used to visualizing objects or whatever in detail.

Visualization Exercise #2

You can also get crafty to help yourself get started:

  • Grab a piece of paper and a few vibrant craft supplies (glitter, markers, paint, washi tape, etc.).
  • Draw your initials on the paper and then get creative decorating it.
  • Cover the paper with glitter, color it purple, or add polka dots! The more stuff you add, the better for this exercise.
  • Stare at your awesome creation for 30 seconds or so.
  • Now, close your eyes.
  • With your eyes still closed, try to recall everything about your design and hold it in your mind. Tip it side to side to see the glitter color change, and note the way the polka dots create a shadow on the page.
How to Develop Clairvoyance Playing Games

These are super fun (even if you’re not working on how to develop clairvoyance), so invite a friend over, heat up some hot chocolate, and play on!

  • Memory. Remember that game your teacher had you play when it was raining and you were stuck inside for recess? Well, it’s about to take on a whole new meaning! Pull out your deck of cards, and have your friend lay 3 card pairs (6 cards total) face down on the table. Flip one card up, and try to find its mate… using your third eye.
  • Kitchen Recall. If you don’t mind your friend digging through your kitchen (and seeing your junk drawer), have her pull 10-15 items out and lay them on your table. Leave the room while she’s doing this, and then come back in to study what she’s done. Take a good look at the items, and then close your eyes (or leave the room). Picture what was on the table and how it was arranged. You can also write everything down, in detail, so you can open your eyes and see how you did!
  • Play Zener. Pick up a pack of Zener cards, and then practice telepathically telling your friend what card you have! I did this with a partner years ago in a psychic development group. We were able to get 100% correct. It was AMAZING! (Here’s a blog post on how to use Zener cards.)
How to Develop Clairvoyance through Journaling and Meditation

You should know by now that I rarely leave a blog post without telling you to do these two things… but it’s for a good reason! They are the 1-2 punch power couple missing from your life.

Meditation to open the third eye.

The third eye is where you’ll receive all your visions from, so it’s super important to have it open.

  • You don’t have to do anything elaborate here… you can simply close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and then start set your intention (to develop clairvoyance/open your third eye).
  • Focus on your third eye and clairvoyant abilities. Imagine it opening and you receiving visions. You will probably experience slight tingling between your eyebrows (third eye chakra – Anja). This is normal and a sign that your third eye area is opening, further allowing your clairvoyant gifts to flourish. Yay!
Strengthen your clairvoyance with a dream journal.

Because clairvoyant visions can come through in your dreams, it’s nice to keep a dream journal. So start to keep your journal next to your bed to record your dreams as soon as you wake up.

After a while, you may start to notice patterns and symbols that are meaningful to you! Just be wary of the really “out-there” dreams that come after a late night Taco Bell run. ;)

How to Develop Clairvoyance Takeaways

Using these tips, you will be able to develop your clairvoyance and increase your psychic sight.

As you practice, don’t forget to fully trust yourself and your visions. It’s sooo easy to discount them and go back to a “logical” frame of mind.

Developing psychic abilities may seem “too easy” or different than what you expect.

However, we are all intuitive beings and therefore have natural intuitive abilities. So don’t think you CAN’T do it or be surprised when your visions start coming more frequently and easily… you’re on the right track!

I hope you’ve had fun with this post about how to develop your clairvoyance :)

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Meditation mantras are wonderful to use and can totally take your meditation sessions to a whole new, peaceful and Divine level!

If you’ve been around this blog for any amount of time, you probably already know that I dig meditating… Guided, mindfulness, or visualization, you name it, it’s my cup of peppermint tea!

But while meditation can seem simple once you get the hang of it, it’s often not easy to start.

Sometimes even seasoned meditaters struggle with staying focused and not thinking about their pesky grocery list… and that’s where mantras come in.

A mantra is a word or phrase repeated over and over during meditation.

In this post, I’m going to give you 21 meditation mantras, explain why you should use a mantra (seriously, it makes all the difference!), and how to use it. Let’s dig in:

What is a Meditation Mantra?

Meditation mantras are high-vibrational, spiritual or sacred words or phrases that you repeat over and over during your meditation session.

They are designed raise your vibration and change your brain over time in a super positive way (like muscle memory for the brain!). Think of it like a theme or keyword to live by.

But just like meditation, mantras have multiple benefits!

Why Use Meditation Mantras

Meditation mantras give your mind something to do… besides nothing (or wander!).

Have you ever noticed how hard it is to think of NOTHING? “Clear your mind”… oh sure, yeah, easier said than done lol!

Our brains are designed to constantly look for something — like a hunting dog in the woods. Even if the woods are OMGorgeous, that dog will keep his nose to the ground looking for something… that’s just their nature.

Mantras keep our minds occupied while we meditate, and can therefore increase meditation focus and depth!

It gives our brain the chance to relax and not wander. Plus, when a mantra is running through your mind on repeat, it’s more difficult for “AGH, I FORGOT TO PICK UP MILK!” to enter your mind.

Meditation Mantra Benefits 1. Meditation mantras give you something to hold onto.

You know that ah-mazing feeling you get after a good workout, yoga session, or meditation? It’s like you’re walking on clouds, until you turn around and see that your cat had a hairball on your antique Persian rug.

After that moment, even thinking back on your great moment won’t bring the feeling back. But using a mantra during a meditation can change that!

Thinking of your mantra when you’re NOT meditating can rekindle feelings of calmness and peace long after your meditation session.

I have a personal mantra: “it is well with my soul”.

Whenever I feel that I need to connect more deeply with my soul and come back to a state of understanding and calm, I close my eyes and say, “it is well with my soul”. (I have a teenage daughter so, needless to say, I use this mantra a LOT :)

2. Meditation mantras add some spice and variety.

Souls like me who have been in the game awhile have tried a LOT of different meditation types and methods. There’s always something new and fun to discover in your mind, but sometimes the same ol’ same ol’ can get stale.

Mantras introduce a way to switch up the routine while still reaping all the benefits of regular meditation.

They are designed to transform your mind over time, and as that happens, even your old guided meditations will take on a new light.

How to Use Meditation Mantras

Just like meditation and all things spiritual, there’s no real right or wrong way to use a mantra. You don’t have to repeat them a certain amount of times or meditate for X amount of months before you see a difference.

One you select a mantra from the list below, start your meditation how you normally would:

  • Sit in a comfortable spot and bring your attention to your breath.
  • As you sink into your mediation, start to repeat your mantra over and over.
  • Focus on each word (if there are multiple). Don’t think it so quickly that you miss the phrase, and don’t think it so slowly that other thoughts can come in and hangout.

Personally, I LOVE to use mala beads (also known as prayer beads) when reciting a mantra. Mala beads resemble rosary beads and are used in a variety of ways:

  1. Primarily, they can be used to keep you focused on your meditation. Remember, part of meditation mantras are to allow your mind to disengage.
  2. The other cool thing about mala beads is that you can use them to combine crystals into you meditation! Mala beads can be made out of all sorts of things, including rose quartz, black onyx, and jade. If you’ve been wanting to start using crystals — this may be your opportunity!
21 Meditation Mantras

Okay, now for the nitty-gritty! Try one (or all) of these mantas on for size and see what resonates with you. And don’t forget, you can always switch your mantra up as your meditation sessions develop.

  • “Om” (a multi meaning spiritual mantra)
  • “Om Shanti Shanti Shanti” (traditional “Om” followed with peace of mind, peace of body, and peace of speech)
  • “It is well with my soul”
  • “Be still, and know”
  • “I change my thoughts, I change my world”
  • “So Ham” (pronounced “So Hum” meaning “so that”)
  • “I am that I am”
  • “Be the change you wish to see in the world”
  • “Namo Amita Bha” (meaning “homage to the Buddha of boundless light”)
  • “Let go, let God”
  • “Ave Maria” (meaning “hail Mary”)
  • “I attract joy, love, and light” (you can swap those nouns out for anything you want to attract!)
  • “I am exactly where I need to be”
  • “Be a warrior, not a worrier”
  • “Commit. Succeed.” (this is a great mantra to use as you’re revving up for something)
  • “Let it go” (try NOT to get the Frozen song stuck in your head… )
  • “Progress over perfection”
  • “Accept what is, let go of what was, have faith in what will be”
  • “I can, and I will”
  • “I am free from sadness/anger/pain” (insert whatever you’re struggling with)
  • “Sat nam” (pronounced saaaaaaaat drawn out 8x longer than nam nam, meaning “truth is my name”)

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Aura cleansing bath. I don’t know about you, but I never need an excuse to hop in a hot bath. Cold outside? Bath time. Crazzzzy long day? Bath time. Kids spilled fake slime on the new carpet? Bath time — with extra bubbles!

So even if you’re like me and don’t need an excuse to break out the bath bubbles and neck pillow, I’m about to give the best reason ever… aura cleansing baths!

Let’s chat about how to take an aura cleansing bath and WHY it’s so important (especially if you’re on a spiritual, psychic, or mediumship journey)…

I’m talking about reviving your aura to soothe and restore it so that it’s so gorgeous it may literally sparkle like gems and diamonds! (There’s a link at the bottom of this post that will teach you how to see your aura in 5 minutes. It’s super easy.)

Why You NEED an Aura Cleansing Bath

As we go about our daily lives, we interact with energies everywhere:

The person throwing a fit over $0.50 at the checkout counter, the teenager laying on their horn at a stoplight, and the family have an awkwardly public fight at the mall are ALL emitting energy.

Empaths and intuitive souls are especially susceptible to picking up all that extra energy.

We go about our day to day lives, and before we know it, we’re processing all kinds of energy that is not our own… and OMG, it’s soooo draining!

You know the feeling you get after you watch the news? Where you want to pack up, rent a boat, and sail off to a sunny island? That’s coming from an overwhelm of energies, emotions, and information that our aura is picking up.

(I actually carry a black tourmaline crystal in my pocket to help combat those draining energies! Read some of my other empath tips here.)

Our auras collect energy like grandma’s knickknacks collect dust!

Cleansing your aura helps you reset, kick those negative energies to the curb, and gain a bright shiny new perspective.

It allows you to focus on and enjoy your own energy (and not everyone else’s).

If you sage smudge your home, picture an aura cleansing bath as a “sage smudging for your aura!”

And, just like when you’re done smudging your house, everything feels so much more fresh, light and airy when you’re done with your aura cleansing bath!

Signs you need an aura cleansing bath:
  • You’re feeling emotionally and/or physically drained
  • All you want to do is crawl into bed with your cat and put a pillow over your head
  • You feel overstimulated
  • You’re constantly exhausted (and it’s unrelated to last nights party)
  • You feel overwhelmed
  • You’re withdrawing from everything and everyone (even your besties)
  • People around you notice that you’re in a general “funk” or seem “off”
  • You notice you’re just “going through the motions” of life

Plus, an aura cleansing bath is a great way to keep yourself energetic vibration high! So even if everything feels fantastic, why not break out the bath salts anyways? :)

How to Take an Aura Cleansing Bath

Okay — I had you at hello. You’re now convinced that an aura cleansing bath is what has been missing from your life this whole time! Here’s how to make it happen…

What you need:
  • A bathtub (duh!)
  • A journal (optional – but I love using mine before a bath)
  • Sea salt (I’ll share my favorites below… You can also try Himalayan or Hawaiian salt)
  • Essential oils (optional, but oh, such a good addition!)

My favorite sea salts and essential oil for aura cleansing baths:

Aura cleansing bath prep:

Get some alone time. During normal baths, I love to listen to podcasts or music. But for the purposes of cleansing your aura, leave your phone one the charger and dust off your ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign. I promise — it’s worth it!

Set your intention. Sure, it’s easy to hop in the tub and tap your toes, waiting for something magical to happen. But in order for an aura cleansing bath to work, you have to set your intention. (Set the intention that you want to restore and refresh your aura – or some similar intention.)

Tip: Personally, I love making aura baths a ritual. Before I turn on the hot water, I light a white candle, put on my fuzzy robe and spend 20 minutes or so journaling. This will help cleanse your mind and dump any negativity that’s been rolling around in there.

Fill your tub with warm water. I like my bath water HOT, but in this case make your water a little cooler than you normally would. You may be in there a little longer than normal and you don’t want it to get uncomfortable.

Add your salts and oils. A few drops of lavender essential oil is my favorite for an aura cleansing bath. Not only is it super relaxing, it has a fresh scent that makes my body and soul feel renewed!

If you’re using Epsom or Himalayan salts, add those directly to the bath water. However if you’re using sea salt, you can (if you want) reserve it and rub it on your skin once you’re in the bath and use it as a salt scrub.

Now, get in the tub and:

Visualize. Visualization is one of the most powerful ways to cleanse your aura. So…

If you’re rubbing salt on yourself, be gentle (don’t rub your skin off!). Mix the salt with some water and scrub your body with it. Visualize that you’re scrubbing away all the excess energy and emotion that your aura has collected over time.

If you’re simply soaking, imagine the salt healing all of the negative energy and restoring your aura to it’s bright and sparkling state.

Next, imagine surrounding yourself with white light. Picture the light repelling everything no longer serving you and purifying your aura.

  • If you’re stuck, try this visualization: In your mind, imagine gathering up all of your mental “clutter” – this could negative thoughts about the people you work with, worries about your teenage daughter, financial stress… Gather up ANY icky thoughts that come to mind. Now, imagine tossing all of that negativity out with the trash. Mentally return to your now empty and clean mind. Imagine your aura is sparkling gorgeous, vibrant colors that radiate through the room! Enjoy the feeling of it being simplified and whole!

Try some meditation. Did you know that your aura is a reflection of what’s going on in your mind? Therefore, it’s so important to get your mind right in order to have a sparkly clean aura. (And when I say sparkling, I literally mean it can sparkle). That’s why I love throwing some meditation into my aura cleansing bath time!

  • Here’s one of my favorite aura cleansing meditations: Take a few deep breaths and think about someone you love (or all of the people that you love!). A partner, a parent, child, pet, friend, Spirit Guide, Jesus… anyone. Now, let your mind be flooded by all of the things that you love about this person… the sound of your daughter’s laugh, the way your partner makes you hot coffee on Sunday morning… Allow your mind to flood with love and the wonderful, positive attributes and memories of the person(s) you love! Hold onto that lovely feeling and allow it to naturally cleanse your aura.
When you’re done with your aura cleansing bath:

When you feel as though you are done, drain the water and be sure to put on comfy clothes or PJs. You may want to relax with a blanket and a cup of herbal tea or sage smudge the bathroom or yourself. And, if you didn’t meditate in the tub, you can do that now if you feel called to.

Aura Cleansing Bath Takeaways

As you add aura cleansing baths to your self-care routine, feel free to experiment… Try different essential oils, bring your sage stick in with you, or pop on your go-to high vibe playlist.

There isn’t an exact science to an aura cleansing bath. Remember: It’s about repealing what no longer serves you, cleaning the negative energies, and being kind to yourself.

Follow-up post: How to See Your Aura (Once you’ve had some practice and get the hang of seeing your aura, it’s SO much fun to see it before and AFTER an aura cleansing bath and notice the difference!)

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Meditation alternatives. I know a secret… something that’s only talked about in hushed tones partnered with side glances. Something that no one dares to speak aloud for fear of immediate rejection and humiliation.

I know that some people don’t like meditating.

GASP

Yep, I said it.

It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is telling you the benefits of meditation:

  • Increased clarity
  • Connection with your Higher Self
  • Decreased stress
  • Keeping you spiritually grounded
  • Anxiety relief
  • Increased positive thoughts
  • Better love life (yes, really, check this out)
  • Healthier brain

Here’s the scoop… those things are true! Meditation does provide all of that — and more. Yes, meditating is better than a hot fudge sundae on a 90 degree day.

But believe it or not, I’ve had a student or 20 tell me (in the proverbial “hushed tone”) that they haaaate meditating. They find it too hard, too boring, or too difficult to relax.

So friend, you are not alone. And I’m here to tell you that there is more than one way to achieve the yummy benefits of meditation – without meditating…

There ARE meditation alternatives…

What is Meditation?

Before you grasp that there is more than one way to bake the meditation cake, it’s critical to understand what meditation is (and WHY it’s important).

At the root of it, meditation is the act of bringing awareness to your thoughts, breath, and self.

The whole point of it is to clear your mind, be present, and allow yourself to become more connected to the Divine (including your Divine self – your soul/Higher Self).

When you meditate, you tune into what really goes on in your mind and become an observer to your thoughts. That state of mind gives you the ability to understand and potentially change the way you think about things (which is where the clarity and decreased stress comes from!).

Have you ever heard yourself think something less-than-pretty? Or left a situation wondering what on EARTH you were thinking? The observer state that you slip into during mediation allows you to discover your mind all over again.

It brings you to the here and now and demands focus on the present. It leads you to those, “Ah-HA!” moments.

But here’s the good news: that observer state of mind is flexible. It can pop up during other times besides meditation. In fact, there are several meditation alternatives that leave no excuse for you not to dive in and connect with your Higher Self :)

5 Meditation Alternatives
  • Yoga

At the end of the day, meditation removes you from the everyday hubbub of your life and allows you to recharge… just like yoga does! So if meditation is more nay than yay in your book, try slipping into a child’s pose. Beyond it’s obvious health benefits, yoga calls attention to the present situation and presents an opportunity to be still and enjoy the moment. When I walk away from either yoga or meditation, I feel similar feelings of grounding, rooting, and clarity.

  • Musical Outlets

This is one of the most fun meditation alternatives ever! The next time you’re in the shower, don’t hold back… belt out that song you just can’t seem to get out of your head! Expression through music or dancing can benefit your mind and body in meditative ways. Just like yoga, singing or dancing require focus on the moment (rather than the string of thoughts floating by).

When I’m feeling down and am not in the mood to meditate, I turn on some high vibe music and sing/dance my way around the house! I feel lighter and more centered once I’ve diverted my attention to the here and now.

  • Color

Oh, yes. Oh, yessss! You heard right, coloring books are making a come back BIG TIME! I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one of those medallion ones when they first came out.

Sitting down with some freshly sharpened colored pencils, a glass of Pinot, and a blank page allows my mind to wander and discover — without being interrupted or checked.

I especially love coloring when I’m about to create a dream or vision board. It activates the super creative side of my brain and allows me to think outside the box.

  • Spend Time with Mother Nature

Nature is my go-to when I’m feeling ungrounded, unclear, or anxious… so it’s a fantastic alternative to meditation! Slipping on my tennis shoes and heading out into nature never fails to open my mind, promote creativity, and provide a sense of being grounded. Try taking a walk in the park, enjoying some time at the beach, or even just sitting outside and reading a book! The fresh air and sun will promote general calming, and in turn your brain will follow suit.

Tip: If you REALLY want to get connected with the Divine, take off your shoes and walk barefoot in your backyard or at the beach, etc! If you live in the city, get some small plants potting soil and plant them in pretty pots without using gloves. The key here is to touch the earth/dirt.

  • Clean (oh yes, this is one of the fab meditation alternatives!)

This is a personal preference, and you may be looking at the me (via the screen) like I’ve got two heads — but hear me out!

You know how Monica on Friends can’t help but clean up a mess? I’m the same way. Not just because I enjoy a clean house, but because I enjoy the physical act of cleaning a mess up. There’s something soothing about being able to fix a problem. Plus, when I’m sweeping the patio or wiping the counter down, my mind wanders.

I don’t have to pay close attention to what I’m doing, my hands are busy, and I can just BE in the moment. This may sound completely nerd-a-licious, but folding laundry puts me in a totally meditative state (well, except for fitted sheets – they take too much focus).

Meditation Alternatives Takeaways

Meditation can seem overwhelming at first — which is why some people end up saying they don’t like it. But after slipping into an observer state of mind using this list of meditation alternatives, meditation may start to seem less daunting.

And no worries… If you REALLY have your heart set on meditation, but it feels overwhelming, this complete meditation guide will help.

Best mandala coloring book ever. Spiral bound makes it soooo much easier to color the whole page!

Tip: There’s a good chance that once you practice these meditation alternatives for a while, you’ll feel called to try meditating again :)

Start out with a coloring book and a walk on the beach, and then maybe work your way up to a guided meditation.

Whatever you decide, remember the number one rule (and only rule) of meditation: there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Meditation should be a non-judgey way to connect with yourself and the Divine so you can clear your mind and raise your vibration.

There’s no wrong way to do that!

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Today we’re talking about how to ground yourself. Grounding is the act of balancing your spiritual and physical energy by connecting yourself with the earth.

It’s awesome to know how to ground yourself because it brings your attention to the here and now and makes you feel like you’re truly present (mindful). And I think we’d all agree that it’s getting increasingly harder to be present these days with the bazillion things on our to-do list!

Grounding is great for anyone, but knowing how to ground yourself is an especially important practice for energy workers, mediums, psychics, and those having a psychic or spiritual awakening.


When I first started developing my psychic gifts, no one taught me about grounding and how important it is.

And OH, it was LONG and wacky psychic development class with a lot of shaking and crying that left me wondering, why am I feeling like this?! (If you want to read about the class and how I almost quit, read this post :)

Anyhoo…

If you’re doing any kind of energy work (including readings and psychic development practice) and have any of the following feelings when you do, you need to learn how to ground yourself:

  • lightheaded
  • tired (If Ryan Gosling walked into the room you’d still want to sleep)
  • disconnected
  • dazed
  • feel like you are floating
  • shaky
  • flighty

So, why all the funky feelings?

These are all feelings and sensations that happen when you have excess energy running through your system from doing energy/psychic work.

Knowing how to ground yourself can help relieve the excess energy to get you back in touch with the earth and your physical body. (Plus, if Ryan Gosling does walk in the room, you’ll be ready :)

Now it’s time to get your spiritual grounding groove on!

Below are 19 ideas on how to ground yourself. Tip: What works for me may not work as well for you and vice versa. So don’t give up if one thing doesn’t work. Just choose another from the list:

How to Ground Yourself – 19 Ideas

1. Go on a walk or do anything physical. This is hands down, one of my favorite ways to reconnect with myself and stay grounded! Exercise is GREAT because you focus and connect with your physical body while expending excess energy at the same time.

Yoga is especially wonderful because it centers you on a spiritual and physical level. Bonus points if you can include your pup — they’ll appreciate it and studies have shown that being with your pet relieves stress!

2. Do the dishes (or clean anything). Ditto the sentiment above about getting up and moving, but this tip also gets your personal space clean! When your space is clean, your mind is automatically more at ease. There is room to think and breathe now. Plus, you’re caring for and claiming ownership of the area which grounds you to the earth and your space.

3. Have sex. Intimacy not only brings you close to your partner, it brings you into the present moment. This (and most physical activities) releases endorphins — AKA the natural pain reliever! So you will get wind up feeling not only grounded, but ready to take on what’s next.

4. Binge watch TV and eat popcorn. Hey, I don’t have to tell you twice, right?! In the age of Netflix, we’ve all become great bingers (well, it’s already started another episode so…).

TV puts us in a different frame of mind and allows us to “check-out” for a little bit. That way, when we step back in, we’ll be refreshed and maybe even have a different perspective! And, don’t forget the snack. Eating is a great way to ground too due to the digestive process.

5. Call your BFF and gossip about the latest episode of House of Cards. I’m talking about a good ol’ fashioned gab fest — let em’ have it! You get to catch up with your friend and mentally relocate for a little while – which grounds you because chatting it up is physical. Who knew that how to ground yourself could be so much fun!

6. Soak your feet in warm water. How good does that sound right now? I may have to hop in on this action. Add some Epsom salts, Himalayan sea salt, and/or a couple of drops of essential oils to really amp things up.

The act of soaking your feet will bring the energy down and away from your head (crown chakra) and into your body — which will ground you.

My favorite:

7. Go for a pedicure. They will soak your feet which gives you the benefits mentioned above. Get a bright color polish (like red, the color of the root chakra for grounding) that reminds you of your experience and then every time you see it, intentionally focus on being present in the moment. PS, don’t forget to bring your friend!

8. Eat something. Eating reminds us that we have a physical body, and the process of digestion helps bring the energy down away from our crown and third eye chakras. I go with what feels right – sometimes it’s healthy and sometime’s it’s ice cream! When learning how to ground yourself, it’s important to not force it (or any of these tips, for that matter).

9. Root veggies. Ayurvedic medicine folks believe root veggies are good for grounding because they grow underneath the surface of the earth; therefore, they can make you feel more connected with Mother Earth. And of course, they are delicious when they’re roasted!

  • Grounding recipe: Chop up a roasted red pepper, 2 red potatoes, 2 carrots, half of a butternut squash, and a clove of garlic. Drizzle with enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat. Stir. Cover with foil. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about an hour (stir occasionally). SUCH a great grounding recipe for days when you are giving psychic or mediumship readings and OMG divine!

10. Chocolate. I LOVE chocolate. Chocolate is natural and grows in pods on the theobroma (cacao) tree – therefore, it’s very “earthy.” (I know, that’s like the best news EVER, right?!) The best chocolate for grounding yourself is raw, high quality chocolate like Sacred Chocolate. While it’s more bitter than the drug-store chocolate that many of us grew up eating — the health benefits and grounding properties are worth the sacrifice.

But, if you’re not ready to venture into the land of raw cacao, start with dark, organic chocolate, such as Green & Black’s. You’ll get the same effect.

11. Walk outside barefoot. I’m serious — get out there! When is the last time you put your feet in the grass and really felt the earth? When we were kids, we did this all the time. And weren’t we much more grounded back then? So kick off your shoes and talk a walk outside.

Plus, the warm sun will do your soul well and the exercise will bring you to the here and now. PS — walking on the sidewalk won’t cut it (and ew, gross). You have to actually get your feet in the dirt, sand, grass, or ocean.

12. Do anything outside. While you’re out there, feeling the grass beneath your toes, just stay. The warmth of the sun, the fresh air, the nature… it all adds up to a pretty grounded spirit. So, sit in the sun. Put a lawn chair in the snow (I had a friend that did this once to ground herself – omg the picture was hysterical, but she says it worked). Or, grab a hammock. If you can do yoga outside – doubly awesome!

13. Hug a tree. This is literally taking nature by the trunk and saying — give me your energy! And hey, it works. Take a deep breath (or a few) and just be with the earth. Allow yourself to connect with the earth.

14. Get gardening. Bonus points if you grow some root veggies for roasting! This is the same concept of walking barefoot in the earth — so you have to ditch those garden gloves and put your hands in the dirt. It also gets you active and moving, just like cleaning, so your brain becomes more engaged and grounded.

15. Take a salt bath. I don’t ever need an excuse to do this, because I love it. Salts have natural healing properties and water cleanses energy so combine them and you’ve got a really “how to ground yourself” winner!

Sea salt, Hawaiian salt, or Himalayan salt (my personal fave!) are excellent choices for this method. Add about a cup or so to the warm, running water. Sit and enjoy for 20 – 30 minutes. Ahhhh…

My favorites:

16. Meditate. Meditation is wonderful for just about anything, and spiritual grounding is no exception. To start, sit upright in a comfy chair with your feet planted on the floor (this part is important for grounding). Imagine your feet have roots (like a tree) and are anchoring themselves deep into the earth. Breathe and allow yourself to be balanced.

If you want a guided meditation, I recently downloaded an app called Headspace and I’m loving it! If you’re a meditation newbie, this post will give you lots of tips.

17. Hold a grounding crystal or stone. This is about the simplest thing you can do when learning how to ground yourself. You can carry a crystal or stone in your purse, pocket, or even wear them as jewelry! I keep a few in my desk at home (where I spend a lot of time).

Great grounding crystals/stones:

18. Use essential oils. I’ve mentioned before how much I looooove essential oils — so this shouldn’t be a surprise. Aromatherapy oils (like lavender) help you relax and receive the grounding. Just pour a few drops into your diffuser or salt bath and get your grounding on! (If your an essential oil newbie, this post will help you learn the ropes.)

My favorite:

  • Diffuser (I use this one every day and love the timer feature)

19. Sing and dance. Sometimes when I’m feeling ungrounded, I fire up my Dirty Dancing soundtrack and magic happens! I sing and and channel my inner “Baby”. The act of singing and dancing gets your body and energy moving – which grounds you – and it also has the added benefit of being super fun and making you feel so happy!

How to Ground Yourself – Final Tip

The most important thing to keep in mind is that not every tip will work for every person. So, what grounds me might not ground you, etc. Keep trying different techniques (or a combination of them) until you find what’s most helpful for you…

For example, how about:

  • Busting a move to I’ve Had the Time of My Life while diffusing some essential oil?
  • Running your essential oil diffuser while you take a salt bath? Or add a few drops of essential oils TO you salt bath!
  • Meditate with a Red Jasper stone placed under your chair?
  • Eat some raw cacao (Sacred Chocolate) while watching Dirty Dancing?

The possibilities are endless! Well, that’s about all I have for you, friends. I hope you have a better handle on how how to ground yourself now. Happy grounding!

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Let’s just come right out and say it: Essential oils for sleep and dreams are A-MAZING.

Dreams can break in while our ‘logical’ brain is taking a snooze and deliver messages, inspiration, and clarity!

Personally, dreams have played a large role in my years of psychic development.

And obviously when I discovered that there are essential oils for sleep (and therefore dreams), I wanted to know more!

Here’s what I learned…

Essential Oils for Sleep

Of course, before you have any amazing dreams, you need to get into a nice, deep sleep!

Dreams can come in all shapes and sizes and are super important when you want to develop your intuition. The best dreams are the ones when you’re totally zonked out for the night and not just catnapping in front of Stranger Things (been there, done that).

If you read my post on Calming Your Nerves When You’re on a Spiritual Path, you may notice some repeats here…

That’s because anxiety needs to take the backseat in order for you to get the best sleep.

Here are the best essential oils for sleep:

  • Lavender (One of my all-time fav’s. I would personally start with this one because it’s so versatile.)
  • Jasmine
  • Sandalwood
  • Chamomile
  • Ylang Ylang (I’ll be honest, I don’t like the smell of Ylang Ylang. It’s really strong.)
  • Vetiver
  • Cedarwood

Tip: If you’re curious what the best essential oils for psychic development are, here are the top 11.

Essential Oils for Peaceful Dreams

Sometimes dreams can seem downright scary. When I was first starting out on my psychic development journey, I had a horrible psychic dream about a nightclub burning down.

I was completely heartbroken and at a loss for why I had that dream! It didn’t immediately occur to me that ENERGY is everywhere and I must have just received some in my relaxed state.

That’s always possible, but these oils are well known for producing peaceful dreams and nixing nightmares:

Essential Oils for Remembering Dreams

The dream producing the most clarity or guidance in the world won’t do much good unless you remember it! A long time ago I started keeping a dream journal right next to my bed.

Tip for remembering your dreams:

As soon as you wake up, grab your dream journal off of your nightstand and go to town writing! Don’t even give yourself a chance to “wake up” or some of the details will slip away. Speed is key here! Write down ALL the details as specifically as you can remember them.

Once you’re more awake, messaging or symbols may make more sense to you. Plus, it’s really cool to look back and read your dream journal! You’ll start to notice patterns of when you have certain kinds of dreams and how certain dreams make you feel.

These essential oils increase brain function and memory recall and work great for helping us remember dreams:

Tips for starting with essential oils for sleep and dreams:
  • Pick the thing that you struggle with the most (sleep, remembering dreams, nightmares).
  • Choose an essential oil from this post.
  • Use the oil for a week (“How to” directions below) and write down any changes.
  • Once you feel like that area is improving, move onto something else.

Tip: Everyone responds to oils slightly differently, so try different oils in the different categories if you’re not seeing benefits right away. These oils are not exclusively for sleep or dreams, so it’s possible you will start to see other (good) benefits too!

How to Use the Essential Oils for Sleep and Dreams

So what do you do once you’ve selected your area of improvement and oil?

My favorite essential oil diffuser!

There are two main ways to use the essential oils: topical and aromatic… I like to use BOTH!

I’ll be the first to say it, I love my nightly routine. About an hour before my bedtime, I nix all electronics (that was harder to start than I want to admit…).

Then I set my diffuser with a relaxing oil and do some meditation with visualization. (If you don’t know what a diffuser is or how to use one with your oils, this post will help).

When I’m ready for sleep, I use a selected oil with a carrier oil and rub it on the bottom of my feet.

Aromatherapy and Essential Oils for Sleep Tips
  • Make sure your diffuser is somewhere your cat can’t knock it off (this may or may not be from personal experience).
  • Use socks after you put oil on your feet so your sheets don’t discolor or get greasy (also, it makes your feet really soft!).
  • Experiment with different oils in different uses to find the best combination for you.
  • Don’t forget to try a different variety of carrier oils too.
  • Try sprinkling some lavender on your pillow — it smells sooooo good all night long!
Essential Oils for Sleep and Dreams Takeaways

Dreams can offer powerful connections with our intuition, spirit team, and Higher Self. And while everyone experiences them differently, it’s always worthwhile to see what’s going on while you’re catching your zzz’s.

If you notice a recurring theme or message, think about asking your spirit guides about it. You may get the breakthrough you’ve been waiting on!

Follow-up Post: Essential Oil Benefits and Uses

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