Coincidence or Clairsentience – Understanding Our 6th Sense

Have there been times in your life when you:

  • Suddenly thought about someone you hadn’t heard from or seen in ages only to see them on the street, or have them call you soon after? Did you think that this was simply a coincidence, a chance event, and then gave it no further thought?
  • Walked into a house and instantly felt uncomfortable as if something felt ‘off’ – you could feel it but couldn’t see or explain it as you were not too sure what it was? Did you simply think that you were imagining what you were feeling and put it aside?
  • Asked someone how they were and when they replied, “Fine” or “Good” – you felt that they were not telling you the truth but you held back from saying so just in case you had got it wrong?

If you were to stop now for a moment and allow yourself to feel into these experiences again, and any other similar ones you have had, is it possible that these moments were not a coincidence, not by chance or your imagination playing tricks on you, but that there was something else at work: something that somewhere deep inside you seemed vaguely familiar?

I have come to understand that this something is our sixth sense, otherwise known as our clairsentience, an inner and all-knowing feeling that you feel with every particle of your body, leaving you with no doubt as to the truth of any situation. You don’t feel it just in your gut, as people often describe, and not in your head, but you feel it with all of your body. Whether you realise it or not, it’s a feeling that you have had a multitude of times in your life but have probably put aside as you just didn’t understand it, and perhaps it may have even scared you a little.

In the world we live in we are raised, in the main, to focus on our five senses – taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight, but rather curiously we are not taught about our sixth sense and the fact that this sense is actually a part of us from the day we are born. This sixth sense is not about seeing dead bodies, as in the movie of the same name, but knowing that you are connected to everything around you, all of the time. This becomes even clearer when you come to know the fact that “everything is energy.” Yes, we are energy and everything around us is energy, so it therefore follows that we live in a great big pool of energy. This energy is passing through us in every second of our lives; it never stops, so we can choose to feel it, or not. It’s like being in a swimming pool and whatever the person in the deep end does, you can feel the consequences in the shallow end, in fact anywhere in the pool. This is our sixth sense or clairsentience.

It is that sense that when you were little, supported you to know:

  • That a particular adult wasn’t nice to be around and that there was no way you wanted to hug or kiss them, especially when you were told to do so.
  • When your mother and father were not happy even though they were pretending that they were, which ended up really confusing you, as you wondered why they were lying.
  • That the ’monsters’ in your room at night were definitely not a figment of your imagination, even though your parents tried hard to convince you otherwise.

It is the sense that, when you shared it with adults, often made them feel very uncomfortable as they simply did not know how to respond to the truth that they were being presented with. Could this have been because their clairsentience was so shut down, a thing of the past? But it is important to remember that these adults were also children once and also lived, as we all did during that stage of our lives, in a totally natural relationship with this sense, our clairsentience: we knew it wasn’t something to be called special, it was simply a part of who we were, just like our other five senses.

So what happened for us to lose this natural ability to feel and connect to everyone and everything around us? Sadly, it doesn’t take much, simply the planting of a seed of doubt into what we innately know, causing us to feel that it may not actually be true after all, and with the planting of another seed and another, any natural sense of the knowing of the truth begins to be slowly buried.

For example: a four year old girl gets a sense that her father’s new girlfriend is angry with her but she doesn’t know why. She doesn’t know that this young woman is actually jealous of the close relationship her father has with his daughter, but she can feel that something is not right. As far as the little girl is concerned, she has done nothing wrong but the doubt starts to niggle away at her inner-knowing and the feeling won’t go away.

She follows this woman when she goes into another room and asks the question: “Why are you angry?” to which the reply comes back very tersely, “I’m not angry!” So what happens in that pivotal moment? Firstly, the child’s knowing begins to be shaken, the feeling that she has had clearly within her is being challenged by the words she is hearing, words from an adult who she feels probably knows more than she does. So the first seed of doubt is sown and if this little girl does not receive the confirmation that what she felt was true, this seed will begin to sprout and the doubt will continue to grow so the next time she feels something to be true, she will probably hold back from saying what she feels just in case she is shut down once more.

Yes, it is that simple, the inner-knowing of the truth can be shattered in one moment and in a child’s life there are sure to be many more moments like this one, especially when they start school where thinking is championed and feeling is nowhere to be found in the school curriculum.

But our sixth sense doesn’t go away, even though at times it is buried under endless layers of life experiences. Through illness, disease or injury we can lose our other five senses; our hearing, our taste, our sight, our smell, even our sense of touch, but we can never lose our sixth sense. It can be buried by our childhood and life experiences, we can choose to ignore it, but it never goes away. It patiently waits for us to realise that it is there, that it is a natural part of us and when re-connected to, it can make sense of a world that often doesn’t make sense. It can bring simplicity to a way of living that we have often made complicated and it can bring a depth of relationship to those around us that we never felt was possible. And it can bring the joy and the deep connection to the world we lived in so naturally as children back into our lives again.

By Ingrid Ward, West Auckland, New Zealand

Related Reading:
Letting Go of an Old Way of Protecting Myself
The Gift of Clairsentience: Reclaiming my Ability to Feel Energy
Seeing is believing… or is it?

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537 thoughts on “Coincidence or Clairsentience – Understanding Our 6th Sense

  1. I find when talking with people about how a certain situations feels or a room feels they often open up and talk about what they feel. The sixth sense is always there and if we are open with each other about it we can develop this awareness and all it has to offer together.

    1. I too have found that by beginning the conversation it allows another to feel safe to share their experiences and every one I speak to has had at least one experience that they struggle to understand, usually putting it down to their imagination, to chance or that is was simply a coincidence. This is one conversation that I intend to continue to have,

  2. Feeling something and everybody around you seemingly not feeling that is very challenging and I understand most of us choose to let go of it and ignore the feelings. It is very beautiful to now reclaim my ability to feel, and claim that yes it is true even though everyone else seems not to feel it or ignore it. It is the only way to change the world and its disharmonious state it is in at the moment.

  3. Ingrid, it is so true that our sixth sense is not honoured as children, as you say what we feel is nowhere to be seen in the school curriculum and maybe this is part of the problem, schooling seems to be about how well we do in maths, english and science etc but does not look at the bigger picture, at the whole child, and maybe this is part of the reason why children can become depressed and loose confidence in themselves; maybe their trust in themselves is being eroded because we do not honour their sensitivity and clairsentience.

    1. I absolutely agree that children’s trust in themselves as to what they feel, naturally so, is eroded by those around them not honouring the truth of what they are sharing. This is a feeling that I can remember as a child and one that has stayed with me most of my life; the bewilderment as to “why don’t you believe what I’m saying?” How confidence shattering that is for any child; a confidence that is up to us as adults to nurture in every single one of our beautiful young ones.

  4. Reading this today I was struck by how important it is to confirm what we feel – especially for ourselves, and without the expectation to come from another.

  5. I am frequently challenged by the words I hear, and thank goodness for not forsaking my sixth sense, something which we all have, otherwise living in this world would be extremely confusing to me. And thank goodness for the willingness to start to speak up, to bring to light that the way of communication accepted largely is actually not so normal at all. And once these are expressed, they do not own me anymore and I am much more free to be with people and situations without judgement or protection. So the fact that we are all imbued with clairsentience, is an amazing opportunity for us to feel but also to express and nominate everything behind the surface, this opens up a freedom for us to accept so much more of the world, to let the world in deeper–ultimately, this is a god-send gift for us to be able to stand in the world solidly, steadily, in connection and with deep love.

    1. I too love how when we reconnect to our clairsentience that the world opens up to us; everything is there to be accessed by simply honouring this innate sense that has never left us. It can be challenging to begin to trust this sense again as the impact of having it disregarded as children can leave some deep and painful imprints.

  6. To live again true to ourselves is to start with simple steps by honoring for example the house we live in and putting exactly that in the house we really feel is honoring us and nothing more. This way it supports us again to feel around us and from there to open up to the fact all energies are around. And to just make the decision to open up to See/feel again. Then the soul starts to help.

  7. What I love is that even if our sixth sense is buried from life experiences it can so easily be tapped into again and those experiences don’t have to rule and take over our life.

  8. Actually we have a simple marker. When doubt enters into our minds we have lost our conscious presence and with that understanding have a choice, to choose to connect with our presence again or not and to experience that what doubt is doing with our bodies and to our lives.

  9. Looking back in my childhood I can see clearly certain events that stand out and this I now understand was clairsentience. It is great to know we cannot completely lose it Ingrid.

  10. It is always there to know and feel… The imprints of the energetic world like an enormous and profound book or record and we simply have to start making the choices that will open the door for this perception and awareness to start to grow.

  11. To reconnect to the joy we once knew as children, is to allow and connect to that sixth sense again, the one that we often used back then and can still use now as Ingrid puts it ‘knowing that you are connected to everything around you, all of the time’ … and knowing that you are a part of a wider whole always.

    1. Oh how amazing it would be to live reconnected to that “joy we once knew as children”, and from living that joy our deep connection to our sixth sense would be so very natural and our understanding of the world we live in would be complete.

  12. It is a completely different way of viewing life to understand that there are no accidents, coincidences or random events but that everything has a purpose and meaning if we are willing and open to being aware of it.

  13. Ingrid, it is really beautiful to read about clairsentience in this article, I am starting to allow myself to feel what is going on around me again and to not discount what I am feeling as I have done in the past, I am trusting myself more and have found that my clairsentience is very true and can be a guiding light in my life.

    1. It definitely starts with allowing ourselves to feel and then not to discount what we feel and as we do this more and more so our trust in what we have sensed begins to grow and deepen. Slowly the days of being closed down by those who could not deal with our truth will be healed and clairsentience will become the natural part of us once again as it was at the beginning of our life.

  14. The moments you describe in the beginning are actually moments that occur quite often, so to dismiss them so easily as coincidence or sheer luck is very disregarding of ourselves and constantly rattles the trust in ourself.

  15. Imagine if children were taught to always honour their sensitivity and what they felt over what is actually said to them – their understanding of the world around them would not be shadowed or confused by the mistruths and emotions of others.

  16. It would be amazing Suse, because it is something that is rarely done. But if supporting our children to retain their natural ability to sense the lies and the truth in the world becomes something that is very natural it would no longer be amazing but simply ordinary. Our sixth sense is just like every other sense, it is a part of who we are and when acknowledged and appreciated makes living in this crazy world of ours so much easier to do.

  17. The more we acknowledge and confirm that we are all-knowing and that in connection we have access to greater levels of intelligence the more we can embrace and accept such an aspect as our natural way of being.

  18. To be able to trust and go with what you are feeling and express it from that deep inner knowing and not hold back, filter or judge it, would be amazing, and it does make sense that it is natural to us as we all know when we do hold back, which is proof we all have it.

    1. What you have written Julie is so true; it would be amazing to express like this, as we did so naturally as children. And it is possible to return to that place of honest expression once we have made the choice to do so. There may be a few road blocks in the way impeding our choice to return to this sixth sense, but knowing that it is still with us in spite of the fact that we chose to bury it, as we lost trust in what we were feeling, will be of the most invaluable support.

  19. This is a great blog written very clearly and bringing a lot of understanding around the whole subject of clairsentience which explains how we know things because the knowing is instant and coming from within. We are all wise, and very sensitive beings.

    1. Sure we are Jacqueline, we were only not allowed to live it from young but that will not say that it is not there anymore when we are an adult. We can always make the choice to let clairsentience become part of our lives once again and it is never too late to do that.

  20. “So what happened for us to lose this natural ability to feel and connect to everyone and everything around us? Sadly, it doesn’t take much, simply the planting of a seed of doubt into what we innately know, causing us to feel that it may not actually be true after all,” Sad but so true. Proclaiming that life is just physical means that young ones miss out on so much – as they innately know this not to be the truth, so eventually bury their clairsentience, only to be reclaimed when they are older – if at all.

  21. I love that our sixth sense never goes away. We can try to bury it and do everything we can to not feel it, especially if we’re not ready to make practical changes in our life that we know our bodies are asking us to make. Eventually, after connecting to it on and off for long enough, when we ignore something that doesn’t feel right, our bodies speak to us very loudly through a tension we can feel. Whenever I can feel a tension it’s because I’m trying not to be aware of something I know I can feel but don’t want to deal with or look at.

  22. It already starts with us growing up. As a child we are not treated as equal but as less and certainly not for the all knowing we already are. We are treated in a way that we would not know anything about life and that we have to become the same as the adult. that already is a false seed we are fed with from very young. To me this is at the basis of us getting the feeling that it is not okay to live with that inner knowing that is equally with us as from our birth.

  23. Honesty is so important, if we can honestly say what we feel when asked, it offers a great way for all of us to clearly communicate and understand each other and confirms the inner knowing of all of us. And to hear that even if we lose all 5 senses our 6th sense, our clairsentience is there says so much about how key that sense is, that it’s our cornerstone and no matter how much we’re ignored it, it’s ready there for our use when we are. So why not live with it fully on, it can bring us a whole new understanding of life and how it is, and the truth is, without it, life just does not make sense.

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