We are all psychic; we all have intuition. We all receive impressions about people, our environment, and the future. We get hunches, have a sixth sense, and some of us rely on our gut instinct to help us make decisions. We just haven’t been talking about it until fairly recently.

Up to now, psychic impressions and intuition have been scary subjects in our society. But gradually over the past couple of decades, our psychic perception and our intuition have been recognized as part of our experience as human beings.

It was formerly thought that only a few people were born with psychic perception. Now we know that we are all born that way. It is becoming common knowledge that we can become skilled at using our psychic gifts with practice. We even have books that teach us how to use our inborn sixth sense.

Fear of Psychic Awareness

Psychic awareness and intuition are part of our spiritual makeup, and in the Bible are called spiritual gifts. Our programming makes the word spiritual less fearsome than the words psychic and intuition. Extra-sensory perception and sixth sense are less emotionally-weighted terms for our inner senses, too. It doesn’t matter what we call them, our inner senses are part of our everyday lives.

Our programming about psychic awareness has been based on fear and misinformation. Our psychic perception is meant to be our gatekeeper, protecting us from deception and false information. It is meant to help us make decisions with clarity and confidence. We experience our psychic perception every day any time we get a gut feeling or a hunch. Because of our society’s fear of the unknown, we seldom trust our hunches.

The Christian religion says psychic perception is evil, even though Jesus routinely engaged in psychic activities such as healing, foretelling the future, and casting out unclean spirits.

The Bible tells us about our spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, naming and describing them. In 1 John 4:1, we receive good advice about dealing with spirits and their messages—make sure our messages are from the highest source because there are negative as well as positive influences in our environment, and we need to be able to discern the difference.

In other passages, the Bible condemns the use of clairvoyants, psychics, horoscopes, tarot cards, or any other expression of the occult. In How to Be a Christian Psychic,
author Adrian Lee explains the historical settings in which these warnings were meant to apply and how numerous mistranslations of language have led to teachings that are not actually biblical.

A More Realistic View

Our psychic/spiritual gifts are basically invisible expressions of our physical senses (hearing, touch, sight, smell, and taste). Our spiritual gifts are even called our sixth sense. It is natural that we would have these spiritual versions of our physical senses, since we are living in both the physical and the spiritual worlds at the same time.

One way our spiritual gifts have been recognized in everyday life is in education. They are called learning styles, and are named Visual, Auditory, Reading/writing, and Kinesthetic. Perhaps you’ve been classified as one of these learning types.

Spiritual Gifts as Personality Indicators

Our spiritual gifts are called Clairsentience (inner feeling), Clairvoyance (inner vision), Clairaudience, (inner hearing) and Claircognizance or Prophecy (inner knowing). Inner taste and smell are part of our inner knowing. People who are strong in Claircognizance often experience impressions of taste and smell as well as inner knowing with their psychic awareness.

Everyone on earth possesses all four gifts. These gifts are arranged in a certain order in our awareness, and we depend on them in that order, not just for psychic perception, but to perceive life itself.

The order of our spiritual gifts determines the way we perceive life. The way we perceive life determines our personality type.

For example, if our gift of feeling is first in order, the primary way we perceive life is through feeling and touch, and we exhibit the personality traits of that means of perception.

Following are brief descriptions of each of our spiritual gifts and the personality types they represent. You can discern your main means of perception and roughly where your other three spiritual gifts fall by the way you identify with each gift. You can tell what a person’s main means of perception is by observing the way they behave and by listening to what they say.

The Gift of Feeling (Clairsentience)

I call this personality type Empathic. The word empathy means to feel with a person or situation, to feel what another person is feeling; to be able to temporarily wear someone else’s shoes without walking their path. Empathics think in feelings and talk about feelings a lot. They can feel someone else’s feelings even if the person is trying to cover them up.

With your gift of feeling, you can sense the vibration in an empty room. You can tell whether something positive or negative happened there. The physical sense of touch is important to Empathics. They can pick up impressions from a person’s personal possessions and by shaking hands. They connect with people, things, and ideas through touch and feeling.

If you want to get an Empath’s attention, touch them on the arm or shoulder. That’s the main means they use to get the attention of others. They like comfort, and they want to make people welcome by putting them at ease. They are healers at heart and are often employed in the healing professions.

Empathics are good with detail. They would rather be supporting in the background than acting in the forefront. They are team players and good partners, using their sense of empathy to support the team’s purpose.

Time can be a challenge for them, as it’s easy for them to get distracted and be late.

They tend to get emotionally involved in unpleasant situations, feeling the conflict as if it is theirs, if they are unaware of how to feel someone else’s feelings without taking on their pain. On the other hand, if you are happy, they feel happy, too.

Empathics are affectionate and demonstrative. In leadership positions, they want to make sure all the details are covered and everyone feels secure in their role.

If you ask their opinion they say, “I feel . . .” If they want your opinion, they will ask you how you feel about it.

The Gift of Vision (Clairvoyance)

People who think in pictures are called Visionaries. As you are speaking, they are forming pictures in their mind about what you are saying.

They speak in pictures, too. They are good at explaining things because they literally draw you a picture or diagram on paper or with their words. When giving directions on how to get somewhere, they will tell you about landmarks and even draw you a map.

They are precise in their thinking and neat in their appearance and expect neatness in others. Visionaries like to make a good appearance and are assets as representatives of a business or product. They like systems and structure and are good at planning.

They usually have vivid dreams. Seeing auras is natural to them.

Visionaries have challenges with change. Once they have a picture in their mind, it’s hard for them to change it. Their automatic response to change is, “No.” They need time to recreate their original picture before considering something different. If you want a Visionary to make a change, first let them know it’s coming, then explain what it might look like.

Visionaries don’t like to be touched, but they are receptive and demonstrative in other ways. They like special treatment, such as a gift or recognition to commemorate an occasion. They give special attention and gifts as a sign of their affection or respect, too. They like to commemorate holidays in colorful and creative ways.

They talk about seeing, as in “See what I mean?” or “I see.” If you want to get their attention, say, “Picture this,” or “Here’s the picture,” demonstrate what you mean, or literally draw them a picture.

The Gift of Clairaudience

I call hearing types Cognitives because they think in words and ideas rather than emotions. They have good judgment and sharp discernment. Fairness is important to them, and they try to be fair in all things. They value quality over quantity.

Cognitives are logical, and they are born leaders with the ability to break large tasks down into smaller parts, easily managing big operations. Their energy is dynamic, and people notice them when they come into a room. They have a lot of drive, they enjoy competition, and they want to be the first and the best. They enjoy pushing themselves and others to accomplish big goals, inspiring others to participate as part of a winning team. When out of balance, they steam roll over anything in their way, including people.

They don’t do well with detail, so if you want to communicate with them, have your thoughts organized and talk about one thing at a time.

Cognitive types are direct in their dealings with others. They come right to the point, and use the fewest and clearest words to express their thoughts. They use common sense and sometimes think of their hunches and psychic impressions as common sense.

Respect is important to them. They respect others and expect the same in return. To get their attention, call them by name. If you need time with them, briefly tell them what you want to talk about and how much time you need.

To speak their language, talk about understanding as in, “Do you understand?” or “I understand,” or “What’s your understanding?” or, “What do you think?”

The Gift of Claircognizance

I call this the Prophetic type because they are future oriented. They plan for the future and are good at perceiving trends. They have prophetic dreams, and perceiving the future is natural for them.

They don’t need much information to know what you’re talking about; they usually know what you’re going to say before you say it. They’re the type that finishes your sentences for you.

They are daydreamers, receiving creative ideas and inspiration by connecting to the universe.

They say “I know” or “You know?” a lot. They perceive the world through their second spiritual gift, so that’s the way their personality is expressed.

Prophetic types have a quiet dignity about them, even if they are extroverts. They can be aloof and evasive sometimes because they don’t like to be pinned down.

Prophetic types are sensitive to their surroundings and pick up impressions easily. If they don’t know how to manage their personal energy, they can be moody from picking up other people’s vibrations. Many prophetic types avoid crowds for this reason. They need time to be alone every day to recharge their energy and clear their mind.

What personality type are you?

Even though you have all four spiritual gifts, your personality is an expression of your primary gift. Start noticing how your thoughts come to you. You will notice one means of psychic perception dominating.

Like developing any skill, you can learn to develop all four of your spiritual gifts with practice. You have the ability to develop all four means of psychic perception to 100% of your potential if you choose to. There is a list of resources at the end of this article that will help you get started.

What are some of the benefits of using your spiritual gifts?

• You become more self-aware and more aware of life in every respect.
• You can use your spiritual gifts to understand yourself and others better.
• You can learn to improve your communication skills by being aware of the primary gifts of others so you can speak their language.
• You can help others communicate clearly with you by letting them know how to speak your language.
• You can use your spiritual gifts to help you discern the energy in your environment and the people in it.
• You can receive information by asking for specific impressions (a feeling, a picture, a word or words, future results) in meditation.

Your Energy Field

We live in an energy field full of emotions, feelings, thoughts, and ideas, and we attract the energy we are in tune with. It’s important to learn how to manage your energy so that you don’t take on the energy of others, especially if you are the Empathic or the Prophetic type.

Empathics need to learn how to feel energy without being taken over by it, and Prophetics need to learn how to sense energy without being bombarded by it.

Use processes like meditation to center yourself. Be disciplined in making sure you are relaxed and your energy is clear every day. That way, the energy you are attracting is useful to you rather than a burden.

Do your best to think positive thoughts as you go about your day so you attract positive energy. It’s not possible for most of us to do this every minute of every day, but be aware of the quality of your thoughts so you can adjust them when necessary. Use affirmations to help keep your energy clear and focused on the highest good.

Developing your spiritual gifts will help you live your life to your fullest potential, help you be the best you can be, and open the way to unlimited opportunity and success. Your spiritual gifts can help you create the joy in life that you deserve.


This list will get you started on your exciting exploration into your inner senses. These are not endorsements, I haven’t read all the books in the list, nor have I participated in the web site programs. I don’t receive anything for mentioning the books or web sites. These references are merely suggestions you can use to begin your journey. Choose resources that resonate with you and that present information without drama or sensationalism.


You Are Psychic, by Pete A. Sanders, Jr.
Psychic Development for Beginners: An Easy Guide to Releasing and Developing Your Psychic Abilities, by William W. Hewett.
Psychic Pathway: A Workbook for Reawakening the Voice of Your Soul, by Sonia Choquette.
Judy Hall’s Book of Psychic Development.
A Complete Guide to Psychic Development, by Cassandra Eason.
Infinite Quest: Develop Your Psychic Intuition to Take Charge of Your Life, by John Edward.
Unfinished Business: What the Dead Can Teach Us About Life, by James van Praagh
Angels in My Hair: The True Story of a Modern-Day Irish Mystic, by Lorna Byrne

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