Meaning 'clear-seeing' in French, this term is used to denote the faculty of supranormal sight, the ability to perceive objects or people that cannot be discerned through the normal senses.
Clairvoyance overlaps with other psychic abilities such as Clairaudience, Clairsentience, Telepathy, Psychometry, Metagnomy, Precognition and Remote Viewing.
Clairvoyance normally requires some form of communication with the spirits or other nonphysical essences who give, or pretend to give, the desired knowledge. The ability has been acknowledged and used in all cultures throughout history by prophets, fortune-tellers, shamans, wizards, witches and seers of all kinds.
Western science began to investigate the phenomena in the 19th century, when subjects treated by mesmerism displayed clairvoyance and other psychic abilities. Since then a substantial body of evidence has been accumulated to support the existence of clairvoyance.
As well as appearing to be a general ability among humans, clairvoyance also appears to exist in animals. Clairvoyant experiences may be spontaneous or induced, by suggestion (Hypnotism) and/or otherwise.
According to occult tradition, there are four types of clairvoyance:
Medical Clairvoyance — the ability to see the inner mechanism of the human body and diagnose disease.
Platform Clairvoyance — the perception of discarnate spirits, and perhaps communication with them.
Traveling Clairvoyance — ability to journey psychically to a distant scene and give descriptions thereof.
X-ray Clairvoyance — the faculty of seeing into closed space, such as boxes, envelopes, rooms, books, etc.
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Sources: (1) Dictionary of the Occult, Caxton Publishing; (2) Spence, Lewis, An Encyclopedia of Occultism, Carol Publishing Group (3) Waite, Margaret, The Mystic Sciences, Apollo Publishing.
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