People who have the ability to see or ascertain objects, feelings, or events without direct contact or use of the five basic human senses are purported to have the gift of clear sight or clairvoyance. Clairvoyance takes its name from two French terms – “clair” meaning clear and “voyance” meaning seeing. Ironically, a person with clairvoyance or clear sight sees not through normal eyes, but with some other sense. Clairvoyance is also associated with precognition and retrocognition, or the ability to “see” the past and the future without actually physically experiencing any events.
A person with this second sight is called a clairvoyant. Clairvoyants have the ability to see events in the past or the future. One clairvoyant who rose to fame because of his abilities was Edgar Cayce. In the early part of the 20th century, Cayce gained prominence for his abilities that he used to treat people. Called a medical clairvoyant, Cayce was a believer of holistic treatment, prescribing a mix of traditional and non-traditional remedies to ailments that he diagnosed through his readings.
Types of clairvoyance
Aside from seeing events or instances, clairvoyance also takes many different forms. People who perceive other things but not through the five normal human senses are called clairvoyants. However, there are other people who perceive instances through certain specific senses. One kind of clairvoyance is clairaudience. Clairaudient individuals have the ability to hear the voices and even thoughts of spirits unseen for normal people. They hear with their “inner ear,” pretty much how clairvoyants ascertain things with their inner eye.