Clairvoyance comes from the French words - clair, meaning 'clear' and voyance meaning 'vision'. Clear vision, or clear seeing.
However, this does not often explain exactly what clairvoyance is. Or how psychic people are clairvoyant.
Seeing what exactly?
What do clairvoyants see?
How do they 'see' it or 'things'.
Well, from my own experience and after listening to other clairvoyants, they can see a great many things.
Let's begin with what clairvoyants can see, 'for real'. Yes, those people blessed with the gift of clairvoyance can see things for real. Some people see things often, whilst others, like myself only see things for real, occasionally.
Let me explain what exactly I mean by, 'for real'.
I mean that clairvoyants see people, animals and things as if they are there. They see people just as if they were seeing a friend, family member or neighbour.
Now this, 'for real' may only happen for an absolute fraction of a second or it may last for minutes or hours.
My step-father was psychic and he would sit in his chair and have conversations with a young spirit girl. He would laugh and chuckle as they chatted. However, neither my mother nor myself could see this girl. I did 'feel' a spirit girl around me on several occasions after my step-father passed to spirit though.
I only tend to see spirit and animals for a fraction of a second. I often see my dog, that passed away a few years back, in my kitchen. I have a similar dog now and wonder why he is near me and not in his bed and then, when I look again, I realise that it was my dog in spirit that I saw. This happens quite often and still takes me by surprise every time.
Quite recently I was giving a message to a lady and the following happened; I was in a public place and whilst I was talking to this lady I saw a man walk behind her. He was wearing a red jumper. For a fraction of a second the man appeared to turn into a Chelsea Pensioner. They also wear red. The man in the jumper seemed to disappear, or I lost track of where he went. I asked this lady if she knew of a Chelsea Pensioner in the spirit world and she said it was her granddad.
Spirit often only show themselves, for real, so to speak, for seconds, because it takes up so much energy to do this. People who have passed over to the other side also have to learn how to do this. It may not come naturally to them, just as clairvoyance may not come naturally to people on the earth plain.
Whilst I am driving my car I often see people standing by the side of the road. When this happens I also wonder what on earth they are doing there. It may be late at night or raining or the middle of the countryside. Then I realise they are spirit people and they may have died in a car accident or some other kind of accident.
Children can often see spirit. This is because they are still connected to the spirit world. After about the age of five or seven a 'veil' comes over them and they forget this connection and maybe no longer actually see spirit people.
The other way of seeing spirit is within the mind's eye, inside your head or with your imagination.
This is where some learners get confused because 'seeing with the mind's eye' is no different from using your imagination. You use the same or similar parts of the brain. You work in pictures in the same way that you would when using your imagination.
Imagine an apple, an orange or an elephant. Imagine your aunt or uncle or grandad. You can 'see' them in your mind's eye.
I remember being at a party with my in-laws once and it was soon after my granddad-in-law had passed away. With my mind's eye I 'saw' him coming in the back door to join the party.
Our spirit relatives and friends always join us for earthly celebrations and special events such as weddings, funerals or birthdays.
I have also seen, in my mind's eye, writing. This is one of the first things that I 'saw'. The writing was in fluorescent pink and yellow. This totally amazed me and happened years ago.
A psychic friend of mine told me that she often saw Chinese writing on her bedroom wall. Her spirit guide is Chinese.
Clairvoyants can also see symbols. An example happened to me only the other day. I was giving a reading to a gentleman who had horses. What I saw was this gentleman trying to push a huge shire horse up a hill. This was symbolic of some hard work that this gentleman was trying to do.
So, you see, those people who have the gift of clairvoyance can see things, for real, or within their mind's eye. The things that they 'see' are exactly the same as those things anyone else would see. What I mean by this is that they do not see grandma with horns coming out of her head! They see grandma just as she was when she was alive on the earth plain.
They would also see things that appear so ordinary. Nothing unusual, so to speak and nothing scary.
Clairvoyants can also see 'other worlds' - the worlds of the Unicorns, Dolphins, Mermaids, Animal Kingdom or of the Elementals, for example.
Clairvoyance is a gift and it is a truly great and magical gift and nothing to be scared about or fear.
Copyright Barbara Burgess 2017