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Clair Senses
Mediums can communicate with the spirits of those that have passed away by directly or indirectly channeling into the spirit worlds. There are as many different methods of achieving this as there are perceptions of it. These abilities are collectively known as "Clair Senses". Each one is based on the five basic physical senses - sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell - as well as the Sixth Sense (or Intuition) and also those relating to emotions and feelings.
   These are based on the "psychic" interpretations and not the "parapsychological" definitions, though the two may interblend.

  • Clairalience (Smell) - the ability to smell odours, scents or other aromas usually associated with loved ones that have passed away. It is very common in areas where paranormal activity is high, but can also indicate the presence of a ghost, spirit or other entity. (See Clairscent.)
  • Clairaudience(Hearing) - the psychic ability to hear or listen to spirits who communicate through the Medium.
  • Claircognizance (Sight) - the psychic abilityof knowing about certain situations, people or places, from the past or in the present or the future, without having any way of corroborating the knowledge until it is either confirmed or actually comes to pass.
  • Clairgustance (Taste) - see Clairsavorance.
       ¶This term is not commonly accepted in mainstream psychicism.
  • Clairolfaction (Smell) - see Clairscent.
       ¶This term is not commonly accepted in mainstream psychicism.
  • Clairomancy (Sixth Sense) - a form of divination utilizing the Clair Senses individually or in combination.
  • Clairprescence (Sixth Sense) - the psychic ability to sense the presence of spirits or entities.
  • Clairsavorance (Taste) - the psychic ability to "taste" substances usually associated with persons when they were alive. It is not actual physical sensation, but is more like an impression of a particular taste.
  • Clairscent (Smell) - the ability to smell scents, odors and aromas not bound by physical parameters, which are usually attached to persons when they were alive or buildings. It is not a physical sensation, but is more an impression of a particular smell. ? Common scents are the faint scents of perfume, cologne and flowers or the odors of tobacco and pipe smoke, the acrid odors of burnt buildings or wood smoke.
  • Clairsentience (Emotions/Feelings) - the psychic ability to converse with spirits (through feelings) of those that have passed away, sending and receiving words, images or pictorial messages.
  • Clairvoyance (Sight) - the psychic ability to detect or see spirits and other entities as they roam the spiritual or physical realms and interact with them, using a combination of other Clair Senses.
       ¶Also erroneously called Clairvoyancy.

Others are Clairvision, Clairempathy, Clairopathy, Clairometry or Psychometry and Clairoprojection. There are also eight others, which essentially utilize some of the Clair Senses, but do not "officially" belong under the Clair Senses umbrella, thus: ESP, Precognition, Premonition, Postcognition, Remote Viewing, Astral Projection, Auramancy and certain Healing techniques. (I will be expanding this section as time permits.)
Parapsychology is a relatively modern science that studies psychic ability and paranormal phenomena. The Victorians were fascinated with séances, where a "Spiritual Medium" could supposedly talk to deceased friends or relatives, levitate objects and manifest "ectoplasm" as proof of contact. Most, however, were exposed as fraudulent mediums, who were eager to cash in on the rapidly growing trend. One could actually say that parapsychology was born out of that era in a continuous effort to expose the Spiritual Mediums as frauds.
   Parapsychology has a serious application, however, through experimental and investigative means. Not only is its aim to determine psychic (or "psi") ability, but also to understand how and why it works. Brain activity is carefully studied to determine which parts of the brain are affected when psi levels are high, during sleep or when awake. Oneirology (the scientific study of dreams) and the research that some parapsychologists have done have contributed towards diagnosing the mechanisms in the brain partially responsible for certain mental illnesses.
   Government agencies - such as the CIA, the KGB, MI6, and others around the world - have been aware of psychics for decades, conducting rigorous and extensive tests through the use of "sensory deprivation", mind-altering drugs, mental enhancement, etc. to determine psychic "power". Their particular areas of interest are remote viewing, telepathy, psychokinesis and ESP, and there are documented cases of psychics being used as "psi spies" or "psionic weapons".