Most of us are familiar with the terms clairvoyance or clairaudience. These are commonly recognized spiritual, psychic, or intuitive senses. But, how familiar are you with clairgustance? Clairalience?
Our body relies on our five main senses in the 3-D to take in information and make sense of the environment around us. Our spirit senses operate much in the same manner. Often, your strongest day-to-day sense is mirrored in your psychic senses. For instance, an artist is visual, relying on their eyes to create. Their strongest spirit sense is often clairvoyance, or “clear seeing.” A musician uses their ears, and is likely clairaudient or uses their sense of “clear hearing” to perceive information that is from outside and unseen stimuli.
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Clairgustance and clairalience function in much the same way as their sister senses do. Because they have to do with our sense of smell and taste, they are often overlooked, in favor of the more bombastic senses like clairvoyance. However, these two senses can be absolutely huge for folks who have developed them, providing a rich source of intuitive and psychic information for those who use them.
Clairalience and clairgustance tend to work in tandem with one another to provide information to the intuitive. Clairgustance roughly means “clear tasting.” A clairgustant will taste distinct flavors from seemingly nowhere. These tastes may be related to a deceased loved one’s favorite dishes, or for chefs, they could be clues and guidance about what spices or sauces to include in cooking, what produce to purchase at the grocery store, or even what dishes to prepare for upcoming events. Sometimes mediums will receive information on how someone passes by identifying very particular tastes intuitively.
Clairalience has to do with “clear smelling.” A person who is clairailent acquires intuitive information from their sense of smell. Someone gifted with clairalience likely has a highly-developed sense of smell.
Clairalients may rely on this in their daily occupation- or enjoy using it in hobbies. Creating perfumes or essential oil blends, scented soaps, or candles. They may also be into cooking, too! These intuitives receive information from deceased individuals and associated scents: the smell of an aunt’s perfume, grandpa’s tobacco smoke, granny’s house and her baking. They may also receive information on how to improve something around them, specific essential oils to use in a diffuser or in cleaning products, which shampoo to buy, or even which friend to check in with when they smell their perfume, soap, or cologne.
This sense is strongly tied with memory and emotion due to the way our brains process scent. Think about clairalience and how it works with our animal companions, how some dogs can use their sense of smell to scent out illness or disease in humans. This is something that strong clairalients can do themselves!
If you receive random smells or taste flavors unexpectedly, there is a good chance that is your clairgustance or clairalience coming through! Also, if you are someone who is a chef, a baker, someone who likes to cook, a sommelier, a perfume maker-these might be the occupations of someone who has either of these intuitive gifts.
For many people, clairgustance and clairalience provide a pleasant rounding out of intuitive abilities. A little extra something to provide clients with, some validation that their loved one is nearby. For others, these gifts are crystal clear, diamond dazzling, and a huge part of what they do each and every day.
How can you boost your clairalience or clairgustance?
- Play guessing games! Try guessing ingredients in perfumes, or in prepared dishes. When I taught school, we’d use unmarked film canisters with cotton balls inside for a little science experiment. Each cotton ball would contain drops of an essential oil that the students would try to identify. It was a great way to encourage them to rely on their sense of smell by taking the visual component out of it. You could easily replicate this experiment with a little help from a friend. Let someone else do the cooking for the night! Guess what’s for dinner, and what spices were used.
- Be careful with your senses…don’t use scented products yourself. Skip the laundry detergent and fabric softener with strong scents and opt for fragrance-free. This will remove one layer of extra scent that your nose has to contend with. Go light on the salt or sugar in your food as well. You don’t want to use too much of any one thing that will overpower your palate. (Hot sauce lovers, I’m looking at you!) You want balance with flavor and an ability to easily taste that balance. Over salting can overpower your sense of taste.
- Visualization is always a beautiful practice for intuitive development. Get your hands on a magazine and flip through to a random page. (Digital works fine, too.) Look for an image that you can clearly get a scent from. Close your eyes and picture yourself in the space. What is going on around you? Is there a campfire? What does that smell like? Keep flipping and scent sampling. You can also have a friend write down ten different things for you to smell and repeat this exercise with their list. If they are your intuitive development partner, you can do the same for them! Try this exercise with food and flavor.
- Speaking of intuitive development; you can work with a partner or small group by tuning into others’ energy and record what information comes through. Center yourself as you’d ordinarily do, and focus on one individual. See what impressions come through when you focus on your senses. Colors? Sounds? Smells? Tastes? Feelings? This is a very fun exercise to do with a few people, as you may receive some validation on your intuitive hits. You don’t need to be in the same room or even the same place. Give it a shot via technology. Your intuitive development pals don’t need to be living in the same city or same state for you to practice together!
- Be mindful as you go through your day. The more you engage your whole sensory system when you are eating, or smelling, the more you build up your clairgustant and clairalient dictionary. Your guides will lean into that to help you make sense of messages that need to come through.
Are you clairalient? Clairgustant? How do these unique gifts manifest for you? These singular psychic senses can be absolutely fascinating and layer a richness to your intuitive work. Let us know in the comment box below if you identify as clairalient or clairgustant!