List of the 15 Most Common
Psychic Abilities and Powers

Throughout history, different cultures around the world have documented psychic abilities. Those with the gift of the supernatural are able to see beyond the physical realm and into the spiritual one. Some have mastered the art of harnessing their psychic powers so that they can help others to learn the secrets of their past, predict the future, and better understand the present.

The following are the 20 most common types of psychic abilities and how they’re used.

01. Clairaudience

Referred to as “clear hearing“, this power is defined as being able to hear the thoughts or voices of spirits.  Clairaudience can either take the form of a medium hearing the spirit as though it were a person speaking beside them, while others state the voice they hear in their mind is more like a verbal thought. The sounds can also come from inanimate objects like crystals or personal possessions. The sounds heard are not only voices, but can be the sounds of nature or music as well.

02. Clairalience

Meaning “clear smelling“, this power is the ability to gain psychic information through smell. For example, you may smell tobacco despite being in a non-smoking environment because the spirit present was a smoker while they were alive. Clairalience usually manifests itself with clairgustance, or “clear tasting”, due to the physical senses of smell and taste going hand in hand with one another.

03. Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance means “clear seeing”. With this ability, it is possible to see things like animals, people or objects that are not present physically. This sight is said to occur  “in the mind’s eye”. For some clairvoyants, this is their normal state of vision. Others have had to train their minds to be able to achieve this state, either through practices like meditation or with the assistance of a spiritual helper. Some clairvoyants see this spirit as if it were a physical being, while others are said to see the spirit as if it were a movie or photograph visible in their mind’s eye.

04. Aura Readings

An aura is the “bio-plasma field” or electromagnetic field that all living things emit. Plasma is made up of streams of ionized particles and is the 4th state of matter. Psychics are able to effectively see in detail a person’s energy radiating into this field. The energy forms patterns, colors and vibrations that are unique to individuals. The existence of auras has been proven through the use of Kirlian photography.

05. Channeling

What is a medium or channeler?  A channeler is someone that is able to communicate with the deceased. Mediums either stay in control of their body or allow the spirit to take over their body, putting them into a cataleptic state.

The main purpose of channeling is to allow spirits to communicate with people in the physical world. Many people seek out channeling psychics so that they can have closure after the loss of a loved one. While most spirits that are channeled are from the past, some mediums claim to be able to speak to spirits from future dimensions.

06. Clairgustance

Similar to clairalience, clairgustance or “clear tasting” enables a person to taste something that is connected to the spirit they have channeled. One example of this power could be the medium tasting blood in their mouth due to a nearby spirit having died in a particularly violent way.

07. Automatic Writing

Automatic writing is a psychic ability that allows individuals to create written documents while not being conscious of actually writing. The words arise out of the subconscious from a source that is supernatural or spiritual.

08. Divination

This power has been used throughout history as a way to gain insight into a situation or answer questions in a ritualistic way. Diviners suggest how the person posing the questions should act by reading and interpreting signs or omens, or via contact with a supernatural entity. 

09. Psychometry

Many people on this website ask: “What Is Psychometry?” Have you ever picked up a piece of jewelry, held an article of clothing, or touched a piece of furniture and instantly got a strong impression of who the previous owner was? That’s psychometry. The ability is based on the idea that the objects we use and wear every day become infused with our spiritual energy. By touching these objects, a psychic might get impressions of certain words, colors, or feelings that reveal more about the last person who used it.

10. Retrocognition

Also known as postcognition, retrocognition refers to the ability to infer knowledge of past events that could not have been learned through normal means. Like precognition, this commonly occurs in dreams and in waking visions.

11. Energy Healing

Energy healing is a branch of alternative medicine that stimulates the body’s natural ability to heal. There are several methods of this form of healing, including hands-off, hands-on, and distant healing, where the patient is healed by a psychic in another location.

There are many schools of energy healing. The most well-known are:

  • Crystal healing
  • Acupuncture
  • Qigong
  • Reiki
  • Tai Chi

12. Telekinesis

Telekinesis is defined as the ability to move physical objects without physically interacting with them. We often see this psychic ability used in films like “Carrie” and comics like the X-Men series, but can people really have telekinetic powers in real life? While no one is bending spoons or making things float with their mind, more subtle instances of telekinesis have been reported. Examples include the ability to influence the numbers on a dice roll or which side a coin lands on.

13. Scrying

Scrying, also known as “peeping” or “seeing”, has been around for thousands of years. This is the practice of interpreting a message by looking into a suitable medium, such a crystal or a mirror.  A crystal ball reading is used to receive guidance, revelation or prophecy. Scrying is commonly used by fortune tellers, clairvoyants, and diviners.

14. Remote Viewing

Scrying, also known as “peeping” or “seeing”, has been around for thousands of years. This is the practice of interpreting a message by looking into a suitable medium, such a crystal or a mirror.  A crystal ball reading is used to receive guidance, revelation or prophecy. Scrying is commonly used by fortune tellers, clairvoyants, and diviners.

15. Telepathy

Telepathy occurs when an individual psychically imparts information to another person. It could be described as someone having the power to put thoughts into someone else’s head from a distance. It can also be used to read someone’s mind. You often hear about “twin telepathy” because twins tend to be on the same wavelength, making it easier to communicate through psychic means.

With so many types of psychic powers, it is easy to see why society is so fascinated with the subject. Whether you believe you may have one or several of these supernatural abilities or you’re just curious to learn about them, we hope that you were able to learn something new from this guide!