Clairvoyance is the psychic ability or power to see objects, and visions, or to gain information regardless of its distance. The visions may also be in the future, and some times in the past. Clairvoyance is an umbrella term which often refers to telepathy, spiritualism, psychic research, second sight, prophetic visions, and dreams.

Clairaudience, which is similar to clairvoyance, is the psychic ability to hear things from afar. Both phenomena can occur in normal state of consciousness, but also can be induced by drugs, fasting, illness, hyperesthesia, or scrying. Related: Clairsentient


Clairvoyance and clairaudience are terms used to describe certain types of extrasensory perceptions commonly discussed in the context of psychic phenomena, spiritualism, and paranormal studies.



  • Definition: Clairvoyance, from the French «clair» (clear) and «voyance» (vision), refers to the supposed ability to gain information about an object, person, location, or physical event through means other than the known human senses. It’s often described as «seeing» beyond the physical.
  • Types of Visions: This ability may manifest as visions of the future (precognition), knowledge of the past (retrocognition), or insights into the present that are not accessible through normal perception (remote viewing).
  • Associated Phenomena: Clairvoyance is often grouped with other psychic phenomena such as telepathy (mind-to-mind communication), spiritualism (communication with the spirits of the dead), and prophetic dreams.
  • Inducement: While some claim to experience clairvoyance spontaneously, in others, it may be induced through various means like meditation, drugs, fasting, or even certain illnesses.



  • Definition: Clairaudience is the alleged ability to hear things outside the range of normal perception. This could include hearing voices, sounds, or music that are not physically present.
  • Similarities to Clairvoyance: Like clairvoyance, clairaudience is considered a form of extrasensory perception. It can manifest in various states of consciousness and may be experienced spontaneously or induced through specific practices.
  • Contexts of Occurrence: Both clairaudience and clairvoyance can be experienced in a normal state of consciousness, or in altered states brought about by various practices or conditions.



  • Related Phenomenon: Clairsentience, related to these phenomena, involves sensing or feeling things not perceived through the usual senses. This might include sensing emotions, energies, or presences that are not physically manifest.


Contextual Understanding

  • Paranormal and Psychic Research: Clairvoyance and clairaudience are subjects of interest in paranormal and psychic research. While many individuals report experiencing these phenomena, scientific validation is lacking, and they remain controversial and largely unexplained within the scientific community.
  • Cultural and Historical Perspectives: Throughout history, various cultures and spiritual traditions have recognized and often revered individuals who claimed to possess these abilities, viewing them as mediums, prophets, or individuals with a special spiritual or mystical insight.

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