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  • Marilyn Young

Discovering Your Gifts

This week Spirit would like to remind you how gifted you are. Yes, you! You see, we were all

born with beautiful Spiritual gifts. Are you shaking your head, “No, not me!” Spirit’s reply is that you have your unique gifts but as adults we often have lost touch with them. Where did they go? They are lying dormant waiting for you to reconnect with them, to wake them up, to bring them back into your life. How do you do that you ask? How do you reconnect with your gifts? Your birthright? Let’s start at the beginning…

Let’s review some of the more common gifts that most of us have at least one or two of. Well known Psychic Medium, Author, and Spiritual Teacher, John Holland talks about our dominant soul senses. He reminds us that we are a soul before we are a physical body and still a soul long after the physical body ends. He maintains that we are all psychic because psychic means “of the soul” and we all have a soul. We just need to connect to it. He calls the four “soul senses” or the way we communicate with our soul (or intuition as some prefer to call it) 1. clairvoyance, 2. clairaudience, 3. clairsentience, and 4. claircognizance. Interestingly, he tells us that the language we use in our every day speech gives us a clue about what our soul senses are. Let’s review each…

Clairvoyance is the ability to “see clearly” or, in other words, to see images in your mind. You

are actually using your third eye or your brow chakra when you view these images. The images may just pop into your head when you are thinking about a question you are pondering. They may be Spirit’s way of answering your question. The image may be a very clear picture of the answer or may be symbolic. For example, when I am conducting an angel card reading for someone and there is a question about their future, I often see a beautiful field, with flowers, a forest around the periphery, and brilliant sunshine. This is Spirit’s symbol for me for a “bright future.” Clairvoyants often speak about things in terms of “it looks like…” They often dream in colour and can remember their dreams because those dreams are also Spirit’s way of communicating with us. When they meet people for the first time, the person often looks very similar to how the clairvoyant pictured them. Clairvoyants can also see orbs of light, shadows out of the corner of their eye, or full figures. They are seeing other spirits or energetic beings (guides, angels, those who have passed) who are nearby. Some may also see auras (the energetic field around a person) and may even learn to visually scan objects or people in their “mind’s eye” to look for issues. Medical intuitives often are able to use this gift to “see” a problem in a client’s body.

Clairaudience means to “hear clearly.” This gift is connected to the throat chakra. Clairaudients will hear sounds in their head that are not generated externally. For example, they may hear an answer to a question they are thinking about but no one else is in the room. Usually, it is a very brief message or just a single word. A common experience is to be alone and hear someone call your name. Others may hear a song play in their head repeatedly. For example, I wake many mornings hearing bagpipes playing the song Amazing Grace so clearly that I always double check whether a radio or TV is on. It never is, so I now know that is my Scottish grandmother trying to communicate (Amazing Grace was played at her funeral). Those are some of the ways Spirit will try to communicate with a person who is clairaudient. The voice and messages are never angry, negative, or harsh – they are calm, gentle, positive, and loving. People with clairaudience also “just know” when someone is speaking a lie. They may often experience ringing in their ears but there is no medical cause and they speak about things in terms of “I’m hearing that…” or “I hear what you are saying…”

Clairsentience means “clear feeling.” This is the gift of feeling things in the body or

emotionally. It is connected to the solar plexus chakra where the clairsentient may get butterflies in the stomach or instant nausea when they encounter a situation or person that is positive or negative. They may feel a chill or cool draft when angels are nearby. They may feel a tickle on the skin or a touch from those on the other side trying to get their attention. I know when angels are near, I get instantly chilled and often feel them tug on the hair on the top of my head to get my attention. Clairsentients often talk about a “gut feeling” and speak in terms of “I feel that …” They can also feel emotions. They are able to sense the energy or vibe of a person or group of people.

Claircognizance means “clear knowing.” This is the gift of “just knowing” information or having cognitive insights that were not obtained from an external source such as school or a conversation with a friend. It is a “mental flash” of knowledge, insight, or wisdom that spontaneously forms without a recognizable source. It is new information that is not familiar to the claircognizant. They will suddenly have knowledge about a subject they have never

studied. For example, a young student may write a flawless legal document without ever studying law. When I am doing intuitive counselling sessions, I receive information from Spirit, via a sudden download, about the root of a client’s concern and suggestions for how to address it. Claircognizants may have sudden “aha moments” or it may experience something as simple as knowing what someone is going to say before they say it. The information they receive may be described as a flash of insight, a brilliant epiphany, or a spark of inspiration. Their language often includes phrases such as “I don’t know how, but I just know…”

Claircognizance is not only about the present but also refers to the past and future. Retrocognition is “hindsight” or the knowing of facts about the past regarding an incident, place, situation, or person without being given those facts from any external source. Often when I am providing intuitive counselling sessions, I will “just know” details of a person’s past lives. Precognition is the ability to “know” what will happen in the future. For example, just knowing” that you will see a certain person on a certain day when you haven’t seen them in years and then you run across them in a grocery store.

There are two other less common clairs. Clairgustance means “clear tasting” where a person can taste something that is not physically present. For example, by simply remembering a chocolate cake from a past weekend, the person with the gift of clairgustance is able to fully experience the taste of the cake without any cake in their mouth. Clairalience means “clear smelling” where a person can smell something but what they are smelling is not physically present. I know when I suddenly smell cigarette smoke in my home, where no one smokes, that my brother-in-law who has passed is present.

Do any of these four soul senses sound familiar to you? Can you see vivid images in your mind’s eye? Does your intuition whisper to you? Can you feel the energy in a room? Are there things that you “just know” that surprise you? Have you ever had an intuitive thought that you did not take seriously, advice or a warning you did not follow, and then regretted that you did not pay attention to it? We are all intuitive and we express these four gifts in our every day lives often without even recognizing it. Spirit is communicating with us constantly.

Perhaps you do not recognize these soul senses in your life now but have memories of their

expression as a child. Did you have an “imaginary friend” you could “see” and “hear”? Children often express their gifts as a normal part of their everyday world. My grand daughter can describe her fairy friends in great detail to me. I truly believe she can see what I cannot. I am often blown away by what my seven year old grandson tells me and when I ask him “where did you learn that?” he just shrugs and says, “I just know it.” My four year old grandson can build a transforming robot out of Lego entirely on his own. Where did he learn that? He said he just knew how. Do you ever wonder what a newborn is smiling at when they appear to be looking off into a clear space? Are they seeing their Guardian Angels or perhaps a relative who has passed on?

We all come into this world with unique, beautiful gifts tethered to our soul. Unfortunately, as we grow through our childhood, social norms take over and our gifts are stifled by unknowing but well - meaning parents, teachers, and other adults in our lives. Do you remember being told as a child that “there is no such thing” or “don’t be silly” when you tried to talk about the beautiful world of your imagination which in fact is your intuition/your connection to Spirit, to your soul?

As the energy on our planet is currently shifting more and more people are waking up to their spiritual gifts that are present to assist us in fulfilling our soul’s purpose. Your gifts never go away. They only go dormant. If you are eager to get back in touch with your gifts:

  1. The first thing to do is have the intention to do so. The Universe will hear and understand that and will be ready to work with you.

  2. The second thing is to pay attention. Be mindful of how your gifts may still be expressing themselves but you are oblivious to. For example, acknowledge that sudden idea to take a different route to work.

  3. Then take action based on your intuition. Don’t allow the ego to swiftly overturn it. Put the dissenting, suspicious, negative thoughts aside. Follow through on that detour drive to the office. You will likely get there at the perfect time and avoid an issue enroute.

  4. Next, practice. For the clairsentient, spend some quiet time getting in touch with how people, places, events make you feel. For clairvoyants, ask spirit to show you specific things. For clairaudients, listen and check out the source of what you hear. Don’t make assumptions that a sound came from another room and don’t dismiss things as impossible. For claircognizants, believe the information that comes in. If possible, you can try to validate the information you receive through various resources or people.

  5. Lastly and most importantly, believe and trust in your gifts. For too long we have discounted our intuition when that is the communication pathway from our inner self, from Spirit. In the past “women’s intuition” was waved off as something less than meaningful and superfluous. If you don’t believe in and trust Spirit who is always there for us and working with us for our highest good, then who can we? Keep an open mind and heart and know that your gifts are ready to open back up.

If these five steps are too difficult, access some assistance to get in touch with your inner child to clear away whatever stifled your gifts in your childhood.

There are many, many more spiritual gifts that individuals may have. Many of those gifts have

the “clairs” connected to them. Those with additional gifts include Empaths, Psychic Mediums, Channellers, Aura Readers, Remote Viewers, Medical Intuitives, Energy Healers, and Astral Travellers to name a few. We won’t discuss these today. They will be the topic of another Ripple Effect newsletter – Growing Your Gifts. For now, I will leave you with the basics of getting to know your soul sense. Believe me. Spirit, your soul is just waiting for you to participate in your side of the conversation. Once you start, the doors will be open and the communication only gets more frequent, clearer, and more meaningful. Have fun and we will “talk” soon!

Lots of love and hugs,



If you would like to learn more about allowing money to flow in your life, here are a few resources I have found helpful:


Mystical Connections by Hay House (Oct 5, 2023), Identifying Your Most Dominant Soul Sense by John Holland


Intuitive Counselling and Angel Card Readings

If you have the need for a helping hand to reconnect to your spiritual gifts, I am offering intuitive counselling and angel card readings online or in person (in Calgary).

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