What is Clairescence (Psychic Smell)

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 What does it really mean to be Clairescent? 

Clairescence, also known at clairalience and clairolfaction, is the psychic sense of smell. Its meaning comes from the pairing of the French-Latin roots clair which means “clear”, and scent which comes from the Latin root word sentir which means perceiving through smell. En total, it means “clear smelling”. 

Clairescence is strange, in that the physical sense of smell is already an amorphous trait. What I mean by that is when you feel something physically, you know you are feeling it physically. When you see something physically, you know you are seeing it physically. However, because smell is something that you cannot completely tell is a physical experience (given that you cannot see or feel the particles of whatever it is that you are smelling), it is more difficult to discern what smells you are experiencing physically, and what smells you are experiencing energetically.

In fact, you could potentially be smelling both physically and psychically at the exact same time! Let’s say, for instance, that you are with a friend who wears lavender essential oil all the time. You may be smelling the physical scent of the lavender, but you may also be smelling the energy of the lavender, or even the energy of your friend through the lavender! You could also be smelling the way that your friend’s energy and the lavender’s energies are mixing together.

If you experience clairescence, you can potentially smell the energies of: food, animals, trees, flowers, events, places, people, your own energy, the energy of emotions or thoughts, and more. The words to listen for to know that you are experiencing clairescence are: I smelled, it smells like, I smell, I’m getting the scent of, “Do you smell that?” etc.

There is also- for some strange reason- an overload of people who experience clairescence through energetically receiving the scent of cigarettes when there are no smokers and no smoke to be found, anywhere. I don’t have an explanation for this, but for some reason, it is seriously always (or almost always) cigarettes. 

In terms of mental illness, many people who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia experience clairescence, and it is instead labelled as an “olfactory hallucination”. 

Notice when you are smelling particular smells, and see if they are related to anything else. I, myself, had not experienced clairescence since childhood until a few years ago (remember, abilities can come and go as we need them), but the first thing that I experienced smelling psychically when the ability rejoined me was the energetic scent of a colleague of mine. I smelled her energy and immediately knew she was in my office space, and when I went back to my room in my office, there was a note waiting for me from her on my desk.

An anecdote from a client that is truly remarkable is also, bear in mind, is a little morbid. She disclosed to me that she worked for hospice for several years, and she always knew when someone was going to die. When she used the words, “I always knew”, I automatically assumed that the ability she was tapping into to get this knowing was claircognition. However, when I asked her, “How do you always know?”, she responded that she would always get this putrid smell- some strange mix of rust and sulphur and something rotting- and the patient would always die within 24 hours of her receiving that smell. 

She was afraid of these experiences at first, as she thought that she was causing the person’s death, but then soon came to understand that she was merely getting a message to help prepare them to be sent over to the other side.

From thereon out, whenever she would get that smell, she would always contact their family immediately to say goodbye one last time, and while she was waiting for the family to come, she would be alone in the room with the person and do a small ceremony to help them to pass over more easily and peacefully.

In her formative years as a hospice worker, she was able- due to her clairescence- to help many people to say goodbye to their loved ones one last time before they passed on, and she was able to help many people to be birthed into the other side as their physical bodies died.

Clairescence can be used to help you understand the energies that you are interacting with. It can tip you off as to when a friend is thinking about you, or when you are going to run into someone. It can inform you that what you are about to eat is going to deeply nourish you, or if you are perhaps allergic to it. It can let you know when people or plants are ill or when they are thriving. It can help you to get back into your own energy, or to know when negative energies are present and threatening.

Pay attention to the smells in your life. They might not all be physically present, and they might just be trying to get your attention to teach or warn you or show you something.

So what does it really mean to be clairescent? It means that you smell things-you smell energy. It means that what you are experiencing with this psychic scent is 100% real, even if only in another plane. It means that you’re absolutely 100% human.

**Do you have further questions about clairescence? Doorway to Self hosts Facebook and Instagram LIVE Q and A events once a month where you can ask and be answered on the spot! If you would rather ask anonymously, feel free to email your questions to doorwaytoself@gmail.com, and Rachel will answer them for you within the live session. All sessions are recorded and uploaded to YouTube with questions and time-stamps for when they are answered outlined in the comments section**

About the Author

Rachel Leah Gerson is a Metaphysical Practitioner and Psychic Educator, and the creatrix of Doorway to Self, LLC. A graduate of the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing and a current master’s student of Clinical Mental Health Counselling at Western Michigan University, Gerson is determined to help people understand the intersection of mental health and psychic abilities, because “If you’re human, you’re psychic”.

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