Clairsentience is the psychic sense of the second chakra, the first stirrings of “higher” consciousness and the development of greater sensitivity to others.
Clairsentience is the ability to sense other people’s emotions, also called empathy. Like the feeling level discussed earlier, this “sensing” does not always become information recognised by the cognitive properties of the brain. It is experienced more as a subtle feeling, as if we were experiencing the feeling ourselves. Just as we can ignore some of our own emotions, many clairsentient people do not recognise the emotions they pick up from others, yet their body & ensuing actions still respond. Still others may recognise the emotions while not understanding that the source was outside of themselves.
Mothers psychically tuned to their children are the most common group of clairsentients. A child may be at school, away from the mother, and the mother will sense a difficulty in which the child has suddenly found him or herself. The mother may or may not consciously recognise the source of the disturbance, though it affects her nonetheless. Other people experience clairsentience by walking into a party and becoming immediately aware of the expectations and feelings of all their friends that are present. They may suddenly feel expected to act in a certain way. They may also experience abrupt mood changes as they involuntarily take on the moods of one friend or another. Often these people have an aversion to crowds and avoid parties.
Most people are clairsentient to some degree. The phenomenon usually occurs more strongly in people who have a proclivity for clairvoyance or telepathy, characteristic of the upper chakras. If the upper chakras are not open enough to be conscious of this psychism, the clairsentient is often unpleasantly influenced. Their attention is constantly whisked outside of their central column, and others’ difficulties speak more loudly than their own voices. A confusion about the self ensues, especially confusion about the motivation for one’s actions. “I don’t know why I’m doing this - I really don’t want to”. “I feel so depressed since talking to Sally and I don’t know why”. These feelings can often be the result of someone else’s moods or wishes.
Clairsentience is a valuable source of information and helpful in the development of psychism. With conscious attention, it is an aid rather than a detriment. Many people get psychically bombarded by the unconscious broadcasting of surrounding difficulties. For these people, grounding is of utmost importance for it brings our attention into the central line of our body, helping us sort out “whose energy is whose”. Recognition of the phenomenon is the next step. Knowing the difference between your own and another’s emotional needs helps to consciously tune out unwanted broadcasts. Many clairsentients feel compelled to respond to the needs they psychically pick up from others and, with this recognition, this can become a choice rather than a duty.
Awareness of the other should be balanced by awareness of the self. The two should never be without a good dose of common sense. Only we, from inside ourselves, can judge.
— ‘Wheels of Life’ by Anodea Judith (pg. 133), in the chapter ‘Chakra Two: Water’.