7 Signs You’re Clairaudient

This is the third article in a 4-part series about the Clair senses – to view the previous articles, go here:

In this article, I’m going to talk about the gift of clairaudience.

Clairaudience is the ability to hear the voice of your higher self (your ‘inner voice’), or the voice of your Spirit Guides. Clairaudience usually manifests as a little voice inside of you that sounds like your own. Occasionally it may sound like somebody else’s voice in your head.

Clairaudience can come in the form of a one-word answer popping into your mind, or it can be an entire sentence. Clairaudience is great gift to have, as it allows you to channel sentences verbatim from your Spirit Guides or higher self.

Do You Have This Gift?

Below I have given 7 signs you’re clairaudient. Make a note of how many of them you agree with, then check your results at the end!

1. You have had the experience of hearing a voice or words, instructing you to follow a course of action, which ended up being beneficial to you

Plenty of my clairaudient students have told me stories about hearing guidance that saved their skin or benefited them in some way. A friend of mine recently told me about a story where he was hitch-hiking through New Zealand from one town to another with the aim of catching a ferry that evening.

He had been picked up earlier that day by a couple of French tourists, and was on schedule to get to the ferry he had booked. All of a sudden a voice instructed him to get out of the car, even though in doing so, he’d likely miss the ferry. So he asked the couple to pull over and he got out of the car. He waited by the side of the road for a while and a guy in a van came by and picked him up.

They got chatting and it turned out they lived in the same area in the same city and later became good friends.

However, he did miss the ferry and had to get another one the next day.

If you too have experienced a good outcome from following intuition which came from hearing a voice or words in your mind, you can tick this one off.

2. You have heard ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears intermittently in the past

Did you know that ringing or buzzing noises can be from Spirit — essentially saying “keep going!” — to confirm that you’re on the right track.

Other times, buzzing or ringing sounds might occur because you are opening up your clairaudience and the sounds are a side-effect of this process.

Please note that for this to apply, the sounds must be intermittent and they must not be bothersome. Spirit does not harass us!

3. You are gifted musically/music is a big part of your life

There is a strong connection between musicians/music lovers and clairaudience.

On the extreme end of the spectrum, you’ve got the composers and musicians who ‘hear’ a melody playing in their head (or dream of it) and end up creating it.

And then on the other end of the spectrum you have the people like me who go to bed with a problem and wake up in the morning with a song in playing in their head, that sums up or encapsulates the solution to the problem.

If you have musical ability or you love music, and you often have song lyrics come to you which are relevant to something you’re experiencing, this a sign you’re clairaudient.

4. You have heard earthbound spirit activity in your home

Earthbound spirits are the mental and emotional bodies of deceased people who have not fully crossed over after death.

They are commonly found in public places that have experienced a lot of sadness and pain, such as hospitals, funeral parlours and cemeteries.

They can also be found in our homes, and signs that you have picked up on the presence of an earthbound spirit through your clairaudience, include hearing footsteps, knocking, banging, talking or whispering, that has no earthly explanation.

5. You ‘overhear’ other peoples’ thoughts

Telepathy (the ability to pick up on thought energy) is sometimes experienced by clairaudient people, simply because clairaudience is an easy way to pick up on thought energy. In the presence of other people, perhaps you hear words that might have no relevance to your own life. Maybe you hear what your loved ones are thinking or ‘overhear’ thoughts from your pets.

6. You have a peaceful, wise and compassionate internal voice

When something is going wrong, you have an inner voice that instructs, soothes, gives perspective, and reminds you that you are freer and stronger than you think. If so, this is clairaudient input, possibly from a guide, your higher self or a deceased loved one.

If what you hear is critical, judgmental or self-pitying, the source of this input could be a low-vibrational earthbound spirit or just your own mind ruminating. And if you hear input that is destructive/abusive AND uncontrolled, it is definitely not your clairaudience.

7. You used to talk to imaginary friends when you were a kid

We are all born with intuitive gifts, and as we get older and start our schooling, they usually begin to fade into the background. A sign that you were once clairaudient (and could be again) is that you remember talking to (and hearing from) imaginary friends when you were a child. These imaginary friends could have been companions from the other side, such as deceased loved ones or guides.

Your Results

If you have experienced 4 or 5 or more of the above signs, you are naturally clairaudient.

If you have experienced 3 of the above signs, it is likely that you are someone who has some degree of clairaudience that can be developed further.

How many of the above signs did you relate to? Please comment below!

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  1. Linda

    I sometimes here someone’s name and the voice let’s me know they passed. Or the voice is telling me they are going to pass. My mother in law was perfectly healthy and we were at her house for a cook out when I was told (in my head) that she was going to pass soon. I was afraid to tell my husband but I did…,he thought I was crazy…..but she did pass shortly after getting a blood clot from a simple surgery ???? I sometimes have visions too..it’s kind of like a flash from a camera.

  2. rose

    I would love to be clairaudience I only have one of the seven signs please help me develop my spirit abilities

  3. Andre

    Doesn’t #1 apply to all people? I feel like I have it all the time, but then maybe I’m confusing it with thinking. Thinking feels like a voice in your head but it is difficult for me to turn my brain off and not think, so it is often like dialogue is being placed in my internal voice but is this not my mind continuing to think .. ?

  4. Marci

    I have been clairaudient since I was a child, and yes, I love music, taught myself guitar and like to compose songs. I hear the voices speaking to me “outside” of my head though, as if a normal person is speaking, either across the room or right near my head. The sound of the voices does have a certain different quality or tone than someone physical. It is set apart somehow, comparable to reading something in brackets, and I instantly know it is from spirit even if I do not recognize the particular voice. Deceased loved ones usually come to say goodbye and sometimes they manifest visually, as well. I have had many strange experiences, and like you, lived in fear of the boundary invasion of visible spirits just popping in for many years. I often experience Claircognizance, intuition and “knowing” things as if by instant download, but embarrassingly, my mouth will start speaking it out loud without my sorting through it first. It does prove highly accurate, but it has put me in an awkward social situation a couple of times.

  5. Marie

    I get 6…possibly all 7.
    I know that my gift comes from my maternal grandmother. She and I both heard him call her from their bedroom the day after his funeral. That was when she discovered I had it and gave me “the talk”.
    Right now though, I have an incredibly annoying spirit that I wish I couldn’t hear. The man has boundary issues and since I’ve spent most of my life running from and ignoring what I can do, I now, unfortunately, have a drunken monkey piloting my psychic bumper car and don’t seem to be able to block him.

  6. Gabrie

    For the past 3 years, I have been able to receive EVP’s on any recording device no matter where I am at. For the past couple of months, I have been able to receive EVP’s messages off of some things I say aloud. The other day I said while recording “God is Great,” a few seconds later, I heard a clear voice repeat “God is Great.” WOW! I really have no idea what is going on, but I love it!

  7. Lindsay

    All of the above sounds very normal to me, except for the imaginary friends- when I was two-three years old, I did see several spirits who were very loud talkers and kept me up at night, and I was frightened by them. I had asked my parents to keep their friends out of my room and they thought I was nuts. After one of the nicer spirits in the group came over to say hi and I told him I was scared, he told me they would leave, and I never saw them or others again. The voices I typically hear range from a soft, deep echo of a man’s voice inside my head, a soft woman’s voice, and once in a while a whisper in the room around me, close to my head, saying my name, which freaks me out. The voices inside my head give gentle guidance or advice, using as few words as possible. Sometimes I have to look up the meaning of the word. Other times the advice sounds strange, like when I was locked out of my house on a cold, snowing, late Christmas Eve’s eve, and a screw within the lock on my front door became loose and jammed, not allowing me to enter. I was starting to panic and asked for help, and I heard “Jiggle it.” That seemed incredible, but the voice repeated “Jiggle it,” so I lightly jiggled the key for two minutes until the lock opened and the screw popped out. I often ask for help to understand the motives of others, and what my next action should be in a situation. The guidance is always accurate! My guides and angels are very helpful, and I am so grateful for our connection in this way!

  8. Elizabeth

    I have exhibited clairvoyance (saw a spirit friend all the time up until I was 5 years old), claircognizance (e.g. used to come up with the correct numbers out of nowhere in answer to people’s questions) and clairaudience (music is huge for me and at one time I used to hear it up on drifting off to sleep or waking up. It was heavenly). I want to know how I can get these things back again, especially the morning music! They’ve all gone. I’ll take just one of them but I’d love to have all of them back :D.
    I also have pretty persistent/uncontrollable synesthesia when it comes to ‘seeing’ shapes whenever I hear music., & I usually remember a song just as much by how it looks, as how it sounds, if that makes any sense.

  9. I Lamprecht

    I always have a voice in my head saying things like ‘don’t do that, watch out for that, don’t say that’ and I just always thought it was me. Now I know different, I have recently qualified as a Reiki Practitioner and now I know that I am clairsentient and an empath. I have limited clairvoyance (only see shadows on the periphery of my vision) yet I have fantastic dreams about my father who has passed and spirit guides. I have lately asked for answers during my dreams and received them. I sometimes have answers pop into my head. I think all of us have gifts to a certain degree and we all experience them differently. We have been blessed with “super-hero-powers” and should use them to help others.

  10. Patricia

    Words pop into my head sometimes with instructions or answers. Occasionally, I will get ringing in my ears and then I just sit and concentrate on it until it stops. I do love music and used to play a little piano, accordian and violin. While eating dinner in the kitchen one evening, my husband and I heard someone say “mom” in our son’s voice which came from the living room just around the corner. My mother passed 40 years ago and I had forgotten her voice and really wanted to hear it again and then a few days later, I heard her voice saying my name. It was fantastic! What a wonderful gift. I also believe, especially between my husband and I, we have a lot of thought energy going on between us because we’ll have discussions and I’ll be thinking of something I want to say and he’ll say it or vice versa. I am also clairsentient and feel spirits around me, loving that. When I was in my teens and early 20s, I had some strong claircognizant experiences and I wish I could get that back.

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