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How To Develop Your Intuitive Gifts Without Being Overwhelmed By Them: Part I – The Discovery

Recently, I received an email from someone who’s been blessed with discovering her intuitive gifts. She was feeling overloaded by the “signals”, as she called them. From prophetic and intense dreams at night, to loads of visuals and feelings from others picked up during the day, she was becoming overwhelmed by the barrage of information, that it was starting to affect her daily living.

Although it is a delicious thing to discover your gifts, it can be startling, and sometimes scary, to receive this kind of information, and not know what to do about it. Sometimes, it can be much more appealing to try to shut it down, rather than to explore it.

The truth is, everyone has intuitive gifts. Some of us are just more open to tapping into them. But, we can all have access to them, if that’s what we want.

Sometimes, we do not want to explore our gifts due to fear of the unknown, being “singled out”, or being looked at as “woo woo”. I’ve got news for you, the Uni-verse is made up of all sorts of woo-woo, and energy is everywhere, and is what interconnects us! Chinese Medicine practitioners call it Qi, Reiki practitioners call it Ki, and many other modalities and spiritual lineages have their own identifications for what connects us all.

We are all energy.

As Albert Einstein put it, “Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.” Who knew Einstein could state the Law of Manifestation so eloquently!

And, because we are all energy, we all have ways to interact with our surroundings, with others, and with ourselves, in ways that are outside the spectrum of what we physically see, hear, and feel around us. We take in information through our senses and intuition. This can come in the forms of: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and claircognizance. Many people have more than one sense, and often, one is more prominent than the others.

So, what’s the difference between these intuitive gifts?

Clairvoyance – when you are able to See the intuitive information. Those who are clairvoyant:

  • Are very visual people.
  • Can see things very clearly in their head before doing things.
  • Have very clear and vivid dreams (that often come to pass, or reflect in their lives during waking hours).
  • See colors and images that don’t necessarily have to do with what’s physically in front of them. They might even view colors surrounding people (auras).
  • Might see cords connecting people, usually at the chest, sometimes at the navel, or below.
  • Can see those who are not in the physical realm.
  • Often catch things out of the corner of their eye.

Clairaudience – when you are able to Hear the intuitive information, usually from your Higher Self or Spirit Guides. Those who are clairaudient:

  • Hear relevant words, sounds, or songs in direct response to certain issues they’re trying to work out.
  • Hear guidance when deeply meditating.
  • Are often sensitive to loud sounds.
  • Hear voices when going to sleep or upon waking up.
  • Hear voices, sounds, music, when those sources are not around them.
  • Hear recurring songs in their head. And, when they stop to think about the lyric that keeps repeating, they often find that it is relevant to the problem they’re trying to find the solution to.

Clairsentience – when you are able to Feel the intuitive information in your gut or in your body. Those who are clairsentient:

  • Get their answers through feeling emotions deeply.
  • Can often feel, or pick up, others’ emotions.
  • Feel overloaded after being around crowds for an extended period of time, and are rejuvenated after spending much alone time.
  • Knows next steps because it “feels right”.
  • Can feel charges in the body as a response to outside stimuli, even if they are not in direct physical contact with it.

Claircognizance – when you are able to Know the intuitive guidance. Those who are claircognizant:

  • Have a “knowing” without being informed, and are usually correct about those assumptions.
  • Can easily get a sense of people without speaking to them.
  • Tend to be thinking-oriented and very left-brained.
  • Usually have an answer for everything.
  • Can tell when things are about to happen.

Some signs that your gifts are opening up to you, are:

  • The sensation of pressure between your brows. This is your Third Eye awakening.
  • Certain parts of your body may feel “lit up” or activated, particularly in your energy centers (chakras). Some may experience Kundalini awakening. This is when all chakras are activated at the same time. Many people practice meditation and yoga for years, in an effort to achieve this. For others, it can just spontaneously happen. As wonderful as it can be to have all of your chakras open up at the same time, this can definitely be an overwhelming experience when it happens all at once. And, when you aren’t equipped with the knowledge of what’s happening to you, it can feel more like a burden, than a blessing. This is when it is helpful to start honing your abilities, which I’ll explore in the next blog post.
  • All of the information you receive may feel like a jumble of sensations, that may make no sense, at first. Depending on the gift that is awakening, getting used to feeling it may take some time. And, some areas of the body may feel alert, while other parts of the body may feel overrun.

But, when it comes to becoming aware of your intuitive gifts, especially if it comes in a way that is overwhelming at first, remember that your gifts are opening to you now because you are ready to handle them.

You just need to hone your skills, and get in your zone with them. And, when you hone them, just like a finely tuned instrument, you’ll be more able to tap into them in manageable ways.

To explore how to best develop your intuitive gifts without being overwhelmed by them, check out, “How To Develop Your Intuitive Gifts Without Being Overwhelmed By Them: Part II – The Exploration“.

Did this blog post resonate for you?
Are your gifts unfolding for you?
What helped you the most when you discovered them?
I’d love to hear your comments, below!

To your blossoming intuition,


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  1. Julissa
    September 17, 2014

    I love reading your blog! I’ve never seen intuition broken down into those categories… How fascinating! It inspires me to be more conscious of the type of information I receive, and the meaning behind it all.
    thank u!

    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      September 17, 2014

      Thanks, Julissa! I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post about how our gifts can manifest. Since you are so visually oriented (your jewelry-making abilities are wonderful!), you could possibly receive your information through visuals, or clairvoyance.


  2. Kia Hamm
    September 27, 2014

    I believe I may have shut my gifts down, or shut down on them anyway. I used to hear voices ALL the time, especially when sinking down into my sleep. They were often conversations and I just didn’t understand what was happening. One day I cried out and asked God to make it stop. And it did. Years later I wondered what if it was a gift that I just didn’t know how to use.

    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      September 27, 2014

      Hi Kia,

      Thanks for your comment! I have the feeling that what you were experiencing were gifts that you didn’t know how to handle at the time. Because our gifts are what they are, they never truly leave us, even if we may be effective at shutting them off for a time being. Cultivate your light and work on raising your vibration, so that you can feel stronger and more secure, if you decide you’d like to explore them in the future.

      Much luck to you!

      • Kia
        November 4, 2019

        Thank you. Would you believe that yesterday I made the decision to cultivate my spiritual gifts,(although I have not heard the voices since I asked that they stop many years ago), and today I stumble across this!

        Thank you!

  3. Tammy
    November 5, 2014

    Just feeling very weird and powerful in the instinct areas more and more each day. I didn’t ask for it. It’s too weird

    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      November 5, 2014

      Thanks for reading, Tammy! Yes, getting into our power can sure feel weird, at times. Allow yourself to explore your gift(s), and soon, it’ll feel less weird, and more integrated.

      Good luck!

  4. Nichole
    January 16, 2018

    I’m so glad your blog is still open. This really helped me. My family has gifts that they choose to ignore. So I’ve known that I have gifts but have been shut out on why or how to use them. I would like to learn more.

    • Margarita Alcantara, M.S.Ac., L.Ac., Reiki Master/Teacher
      January 16, 2018

      Hi Nichole,

      Thanks for reaching! Check out the second blog post referenced, above, to learn more about developing your intuitive gifts.


  5. Shonni
    August 1, 2018

    So I contain ask if the gifts noted. Some are more powerful than others but each is there all the same. I do not cultivate them per say but I do listen and take note of what’s “being said”. Also, I seem to attract others who are the same. I have two close friends who are also blessed with one or two of the gifts outlined above. My daughter is like me…and I often find it difficult to explain what she is experiencing.

  6. Rachel
    July 24, 2019

    Great article! I’m 3 out of 4 intuitive and the older I become, and the more spiritual I become, the stronger they become. I have always been intuitive but recently becoming clairaudient (and not knowing it) this especially helped me understand why I wake up with music in my head every morning, or when I’m intensely thinking I hear a voice with the answer. I’m reading on to Part 2 :). Thank you!!!

  7. Lynn
    August 24, 2019

    I experience at least 2 of the gifts above daily. More recently, I have experienced what feels like my body buzzing. I don’t know how else to describe it. It usually happens in the early morning as I am waking up. I feel it beginning in my Solar Plexus Chakra area and it spreads throughout my body. I’m not sure what I am supposed to do with that energy. Sometimes it borders on painful. Do you have any suggestions?


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