When you hear the word psychic, do you think of someone who sells tarot card readings out of the back of her home? Do you think of those commercials late at night for psychic hotlines claiming to tell you what will happen to your love life in the future while you much Cheetoes for $3.99 a minute? Different people will have different ideas and stereotypes regarding psychic abilities, but the term psychic serves as an umbrella term for many different types of abilities and phenomena.
Literally, the word psychic is connected to ESP, or extrasensory perception. This could manifest in many different forms. Because of the broad nature of the term, many people make the mistake of assuming that if someone is said to be a psychic, then there is this vault of information in the psychics mind that can be opened to reveal anything and everything from the past, present, or future. However, this is rarely ever the case.
Most people with ESP, or psychic abilities have limitations to their powers. Sometimes they can see something that is not in their presence, while others can get a feeling or impression of something that cannot be seen literally. There are psychics called mediums who can communicate with people who have passed on in death to the other side. There are even psychics who can communicate with animals in a way that most people cannot.
Some of these forms include clairvoyance, channeling, clairaudience, clairsentience, and many more. What does this mean? You may be throwing your hands up and crying out Clair who?! Take a deep breath and calm down, if this is the case because even though this seems confusing, it really doesn't have to be. People who have an awareness of something that they cannot perceive with the five senses are able to recognize what they are aware of through some sense other than directly seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, or touching what is actually in front of them. This ability will show up in a variety of ways. So, instead of expecting one of these people with special senses to know everything in some omniscient way, ask what it is that the psychic is able to sense and how they are able to sense it.
Someone who is clairsentient can sense feelings and emotions in people, places, or things and something that could be in the past, present, or future through a sense of feeling. The clairsentient is also called an empathic. They may feel a sense of foreboding before going to an airport. This would cause the person not to get on a plane, and then the plane crashes. That is a clairsentient. A clairsentient is similar to a clairvoyant or someone with precognition. A clairvoyant can have knowledge or a sense of something without the five senses. Someone who has precognition will know something that will happen in the future. The clairvoyant and precognitive person will see the future, but the clairvoyant and the clairsentient will be able to know things about the past or the present as well.
There are people who possess the ability to move objects with their minds, and this ability is called psychokinetic power. Maybe they can throw a ball without touching it or flip a light switch from across the room: this is a psychokinetic psychic. Another kind of physical intuition or ESP is a medical intuitive; the medical intuitive can tell what parts of the body are in distress and focuses on medical issues in people.
There are many different ways that someone can sense something through extrasensory perception, or ESP. It just depends on the person who is experiencing psychic abilities and how it happens.