The Top Three Myths About Psychic Ability

Myth # 1: Only ‘Gifted’ People Can Develop Psychic Awareness

Clients often ask me ‘do you really think I could develop my psychic abilities?’

My answer is always yes and the reason for that is, we all have the potential to be gifted psychics. Your intuition is your birth right, but for many of us our psychic senses diminish in childhood as they are not nurtured in the same way that our five physical senses are. Those who are psychic have either:

I retained a little bit of psychic ability from childhood but I also fall somewhat into the second category of people (those who have worked to consciously develop their psychic ability) – this is partly because I shut off my natural psychic awareness around the age of six or seven. I remember seeing spirits around that age. My mother told me that my experiences were just imaginings and since I was not the kind of child who liked to go against the grain, I took this to heart. As a result, I just stopped engaging with the energies around me.

My psychic re-awakening began with a bump in 2007, when I trained as a professional intuitive.

One night I was rudely awakened by a spirit who presented as a dark-haired man, in his thirties. And the following happened in a flash:

The spirit of this man showed me an image (like a movie image) of him in a caravan with a woman who appeared to be his wife. The man got out of the caravan. My boss at that time got into the caravan with the woman and replaced the man. The man gave me this message:

“I was not able to take my wife on holiday, but I am so glad your boss did”.

I was shocked and excited that I had had an encounter with a spirit but I did not know who the spirit was or what his message meant. I knew I had to relay it to my boss.

So, the next day, I put my apprehensions to one side and told my boss about what had happened in the night. He was amazed and proceeded to explain that the spirit was undoubtedly his wife’s first husband, who had died several years earlier.

My boss’s wife and her first husband (the deceased spirit) had always planned to spend time travelling around the US in a camper van but their dream was never fulfilled as he became ill and later passed away. When she met her second husband – my boss – they made the camper van tour that she had been unable to make with her first husband. I couldn’t believe what had just happened to me! I didn’t consider myself psychic or gifted and all I had done was set an intention and do a little psychic development. This story shows that we can all reawaken our psychic awareness, sometimes with quite stunning results.

Myth # 2: Psychic Development is Scary Because You Have To Communicate With Spirits

I remember being really terrified at the thought of opening up my psychic awareness again. I didn’t want to talk to spirits or see them – I was afraid of being startled.

Talking to disembodied spirits and seeing them is a big aspect of psychic awareness. But I later learned that there are other ways to tune into Spirit. Psychic awareness can also be gut feeling (clairsentience), an inner knowing (claircognizance) or listening to your inner voice (clairaudience).

If you’re a beginner in psychic development, you can begin by tuning into your own Higher Self. You don’t have to talk to disembodied spirits to do that.

Your Higher Self is already communicating with you constantly – whether you are perceiving it is another matter. If you’re stuck in a job you hate with no escape in sight, your Higher Self may whisper to you ‘you know this job isn’t for you…why don’t you pursue your long-term dream of becoming a writer?’

This sense of knowing that you’re not fulfilling your purpose by working in a job you hate is just as much part of your extra-sensory perception as clairvoyance is.

You can begin developing psychic awareness just by allowing your Higher Self to guide you. Take note of what feels ‘right’ to you, on a deep level and take action accordingly. It is one thing receiving intuitive guidance, but acting on that intuitive guidance is something else entirely and can take a great deal of courage at times.

Let’s have a look at the third myth:

Myth # 3: All psychics are clairvoyant by definition

Before I trained in spiritual healing, I thought that all psychics had to be clairvoyant. This was mostly because many professional psychics are natural clairvoyants. I’m not among them. My clairvoyance has developed over time, but my strongest intuitive gifts are still clairsentience (gut feeling, empathy, the ability to ‘feel’ what aligns with my spirit, among other things) and claircognizance (the ability to ‘download’ information from Spirit).

But I didn’t realize I had these gifts until I started my training. And I’m not alone in being primarily clairsentient and claircognizant. Several months ago, in my readings, I undertook to find out from clients’ Akashic soul records which psychic gifts they use to receive information from their Higher Self. I found that most clients do not primarily utilize the gift that we normally associate with being psychic – clairvoyance. Over the last several months around 35% of my clients have been primarily claircognizant (this means that their strongest natural psychic ability is claircognizance), 30% clairsentient, 30% clairaudient and only 5% of the people I read for were clairvoyant.

Many people haven’t heard of clairsentience and claircognizance (and few have heard of clairaudience), which is interesting because according to what I’ve seen over the past several months, these psychic gifts are so much more common than clairvoyance.

Does this mean that the people who aren’t naturally clairvoyant can’t be gifted psychics?

No, what it means is that most people have a different psychic skill set from the one we’re used to hearing about most – clairvoyance. But clairvoyance is not the only skill to develop. Clairsentience, claircognizance and clairaudience are equally valid intuitive ‘vehicles’ too.

So now when clients ask me “do you really think I could be psychic?” my answer is always yes, if you can do the following: identify your strongest psychic gift , honour and acknowledge the guidance you receive through that intuitive ‘vehicle’ and then make time to consciously develop it .

The rest will follow. Once you honour and develop your primary gift, you will find that other skills that once weren’t so natural to you will develop as well.

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Hi, I’m Anna Sayce! My purpose here on this website is to provide practical techniques and information to help empaths to understand, and fix the root of their energetic overwhelm & also to help sensitives to embrace and develop their intuitive gifts. I believe that developing our spiritual & intuitive side is very powerful and allows us to improve our own lives, and if we wish, even make the world a better place for others. Discover more >


  1. Yang

    This is like Heroes where we each have a primary special power. haha

    And those are interesting statistics. I definitely have not heard of claircognizant before you told me. I have heard of clairvoyance and clairsentience before but I didn’t feel they were strong in me at all.

    Good article. Thank you Anna

  2. Natalie

    I have had extensive results with contacting my husband who passed 18 months ago. We talk [me asking questions with him moving the pendulum] I kept wondering if I was talking to myself until he responded with a ‘No’ when I wanted to send a male classmate a ‘Thank You Note’ for his note about our 60th Class Reunion. I had no memory of the gentleman from the High School Days. I repeatedly asked to send my note and my husband kept saying ‘No.’ I asked him if he was jealous and he responded with a ‘Yes.’ I have never sent the note. He also, says ‘No’ when I tell him, ‘It is late and I need to go to bed.’ It seems that he wants me to keep asking him questions, especially about where he is. When asked if he would want to return to this world, of course, his answer is ‘No ‘.
    Our Love Life began on a 1950 Blind Date; dated 4 weeks and he left, spending 17 months in Korea. Our marriage was a wonderful 56 years of unbelievable love and the greatest understanding ever between the two of us. When he wants me to know how much he loves me, the pendulum keeps going in a full circle. I ask him about different things that occurred during our life together. Like ‘How many times did you kiss me at my front door on our first date?’ I had no memory of the number. His answer was ‘3 times.’They [Spirits] can see all the past and most of the future because the future is constantly changing.
    He has revealed many wonderful truths about ‘Heaven.’ Such as, upon taking off the heavy coat needed for the Physical World, you reveal your real identity, one of Eternal Beingness [you were never born and will never die]; Perfect as you were made by your Creator. All are saved; there is no Hell; only Beauty and Life and Love Everlasting. He tells me that he is now 30 years old and with a perfect body. Malaria that he contracted in Korea was his means of leaving the Physical Stage. He does agree that our Physical World will soon end near October 2011, but it will be a painless transition, a Consciousness Awakening for All. I strongly suggest everyone try the pendulum to connect with your loved ones. May you find the peace you look for. Love to All

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