The Clair’s

My theme for the month of December

Is it December already? Last week I spent more than three days writing a longer article than usual on the subject of our senses. Stupidly and by mistake I deleted the document, when I was trying to do too many things at the same time, so having to start all over again. A friend pointed out to me that maybe the second time around, the words may flow a bit better, we shall see.

I have talked about the subject of our senses, or ‘the Clairs’ as I like to call them before. I mentioned them in a book I published last year entitled: ‘True Colours’. As this book was basically about the meaning of colours, as the title suggests, I did not share a lot of information, hence this longer column now.

So let’s have a detailed look at ‘the Clairs’. The most obvious one and the one that everyone knows is’ Clairvoyance’. It comes from the French – ‘clair’ meaning ‘clear’ and ‘voyance’ meaning ‘vision’. So in other words ‘clear vision’.

The word itself, however sometimes conjures up a number of other words such as: extrasensory perception, or paranormal or psychic ability. In some or other way the word ‘clairvoyant’ has a mystical interpretation. A person who has a clear vision about something that may be about to happen?

In actual fact there are six senses:

Clairvoyance (seeing)

Clairsentience (feeling or touching)

Clairaudience (hearing or listening)

Clairolfactus (smelling)

Clairgustance (tasting)

Claircognizance (knowing)

As I said the one we all know is Clairvoyance. So let’s talk about that one first.

The ability to see things clearly. Often that feeling that you have either been somewhere before, or the feeling inside that something is about to happen. This is almost similar to a déjà-vu moment. Anticipating the moment, or seeing something that triggers this feeling.

I wonder how many times have you had this feeling yourself? Do you pay attention to the signs around you? Why do you suddenly feel the urge to take another route to work only to hear later on the news about a bad accident on the road you normally would have taken? A strange feeling that makes you think, why did I do that today, of all days, must have had a sort of premonition?

Can you remember moments when you met someone and had a strong feeling that you perhaps had met them before? There is an instantaneous ‘click’, which you cannot explain rationally. It is your senses giving you a subtle message.

Also the words ‘looking’ and ‘seeing’ have different meanings. You can simply look at something and maybe think: ‘oh that is nice’, but are you really seeing it?

Have a think about that. There is a big difference.

Shakespeare once referred to the eyes as the ‘window of the soul’ so remember all images you look at in any form, are reflecting within to a very deep level. To the core itself. To the very essence of who you are.

When you look at yourself in a mirror, do you really see yourself? The real you within? Probably not. So take a moment before you read any further and go and stand in front of a mirror. Take one or two deep breaths and look deeply into your own eyes. Ask yourself an important question if you have one. The answers may not happen instantly, but at some time, at the least expected moment, they will.

Clairsentience is all about feeling and touching. Again a huge difference in the words themselves. Touching something but really feeling what it is.
Just imagine that you are holding a piece of pure silk in your hands. What does it really feel like? Soft, slippery, it flows through your fingers, light in weight. What does it feel like to touch? What sensation does it give you?

The word comes again from French; obviously ‘clair’ for ‘clear’ but sentience is derived from Latin (sentire), which means to feel.

With the idea that in fact all the intuitive senses are connected to one another, then, you look or see something, you touch and feel it and there are a number of sensations going on in your physical body.

Clairaudience (hearing or listening). Rather strange that there always seems to be two words connected to each sense, but with very different meaning. When someone is talking to you, you hear what they are saying, but are you really listening. It could be with this fast world of multi-tasking and the fact that we are always expected to perform, a lot of the time you hear what they say, but don’t really listen. In other words the message goes in one side and out through the other. It is not really your intention to do this; it is more the pressure you are expected to live under.

Just imagine for one moment that you have never ever heard a single sound, you have been totally deaf from birth. Imagine the complete and utter silence. Whilst our normal world is a place of continuing, never ending sounds. Whether you live in a busy city or in the peaceful country, there are always sounds. All the time. For the deaf there is never one sound.

It’s interesting to see that when people miss a specific sense that the other senses improve intensely. Just as if they are taking over the task. Often people who are heightened senses of vision. The same applies to blind people who have heightened senses of hearing.

Clairolfactus (smelling) or Clairailience

Same connection with the word ‘clair’ but ‘olfactus’ means ‘smelling through the nasal area’. In the paranormal world this means accessing knowledge from the physical sense of smell. Animals do this automatically. Think about a lion on the prowl at night for food. Their vision at night is much more advanced than that of humans, but mostly they will rely on the sense of smell and mostly the scent an animal gives off in a situation of fear.

Smells can be pleasant or totally pungent. Just think for a moment of a beautiful English rose. You have just picked it from a bush. The feel of the petals (soft) in your hands, the scent is imaginable even before you have raised it to your nose. Now there are several senses working together at the same time. Your sight sees the beauty, the shape of the petals the form of the rose itself, your hands (skin) feels the softness and now you as you raise it to your nose to smell its delicate perfume, the whole picture is formed.

Now imagine doing the same thing with a pile of cow dung. You would probably not even pick it up, the pungent smell has already reached your nose and you are repelled by its stench. The poor cows cannot help it, there are no nice and neat toilets for them to use in the farmer’s fields, they just dump where they are and when they need to.

Perhaps you can remember in your gardens long before other nutrients when people spread horse manure around their roses. I can certainly remember it well as a child. The entire garden smelt awful, but my goodness the roses were even more spectacular those years.

The sense of smell is important because it is also a form of warning. If you smell something like sour milk, you don’t use it, throw it away and know that it is not suitable for use.

We associate so many things with fragrance and aromas. It can be mood changing. The smell of something delicious cooking suddenly makes you realize that you are hungry. The scent of fresh bread baking, or a cake in the oven. The words are enough to get your imagination going I am sure.

There are literally thousands of different types of scents. For thousands of years, the makers of perfume have been mixing and combining to make the perfect perfume. They have a highly developed sense of smell. The same can be said for wine makers, beer makers and all chefs. It is the ultimate challenge to create something spectacular.

Clairgustance (the sense of taste)
Clear taste (gustance). The ability to taste a substance before you have put it into your mouth. The majority of people think that the act of tasting something is related to the tongue and the many papillae on it (in other words taste buds). However, the soft palate and roof of the mouth and the epiglottis are just as sensitive. There are five basic tastes, sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami (meaty or savoury). Umami means ‘delicious’ in Japanese.

The taste buds are able to taste the difference all triggered by the binding of molecules in the food to G protein coupled receptors. All sounds quite complicated doesn’t it?

Not only the taste itself, but the sense of smell and whether something is hot or cold. It all plays a part in giving you the sensation.

The sensation of Clairgustance is the ability to perceive the taste before it has actually happened.

And finally the last in the sequence and probably the most important one of all: Claircognizance (knowing).

This to my mind is the most mystical and magical sense we possess. The fact that we know something. It does not have to be something we have either been taught or learned, but just a feeling that you know if something is wrong or right. And more important for you personally.

The majority of people reading this article have been to school. From childhood we have been exposed to copious amounts of knowledge and to learn things that all attribute to our so-called ‘general knowledge’. I know that a lot of things I learnt during my school years were important and other less so. A lot of knowledge is just stored in my brain and hardly ever accessed. I remember one of the things I disliked the most was Latin. To my mind at the time what was really the point of learning a ‘dead’ language. I found it incredibly boring at the time I remember, being a teenager, but my goodness years later it turned out to be the very backbone or things I accessed at a later age. Languages for example, all words originate from amongst other things, Latin. It has been so helpful in learning different languages because believe it or not, that an old ‘dead’ language forms the base for the majority of words we know today.

Accessing knowledge is fast moving. Take the Internet for example. We literally have encyclopaedias’ of information at our fingertips. Technology is moving really fast; I can see that in my own lifetime. Just stop and have a think about this. You see how fast information can be passed from one side of the globe to another. Whether we want to or not, we are all accessing information all the time. Sharing through social media. Computers and technology are improving on a daily basis.

So in this fast moving world we all live in, it is important to take a small step to the side and think about our own personal sense of knowing. This is not all about accessing and using facts from outside sources, but more about listening to what we already know within. It is not called the sixth sense without reason.

Whether you are a highly sensitive person or not and the senses are extremely highly attuned, making them almost paranormal, the sense of knowing is important to how we live our lives. Our instinct. That little voice within that is always right, however frustrating that may be at times. The feeling you have when you did not listen and you can almost hear that same voice saying ‘I told you so’.

Recently and through a lot of research in the work that I do, not only as a writer but a translator too, my whole daily word revolves around words, their meaning, and the synonyms, typing words to make either a fictional story or a more factual one like this. Sometimes things happen, like I said at the beginning of this article, when I deleted my original text by accident. But deep down inside however frustrating that was at the time, I now know it happened not only for a reason, but also probably at the end this article will be better when I have finished it. It is important to remember that when working on a project and everything goes wrong, you almost feel like giving your laptop flying lessons out of a window, but in the main and almost every time, things happen for a reason. Why? Often hard at the time for find the answer that you want to hear, but in the end it will become clear. You will know why.

Very recently a new chakra in the body has been discovered. It is called the Alta Major chakra and is located where the spine meets the neck.
This forms a link to the other senses and also forms a special shape in Sacred Geometry. The six sided star. We know now that our physical bodies are so much more and that we have more centres of energy within and on the outside. We have bodies of light (auras) that surround our body.

With a very simple technique it is possible to connect up the senses through the Alta Major. If you like creating the six pointed star within your head. Have a think about this.

The sense of knowing lies in the epiphysis or the pineal gland in the brain. By consciously making the link between the other senses that I have talked about above, the six pointed star shape is formed. This shape is also known as the Merkaba. The meaning of the word is very old. ‘Mer’ means light, ‘Ka’ means spirit and ‘Ba’ means body.
The word itself dates back to 100-1000 BC and originates from the Jewish school of mysticism.

The actual shape of the Merkaba when it starts to rotate surrounds itself with circles of light (wheels within wheels if you like) making it possible to transverse all dimensions of time and space. It is a vehicle of divine light.

The basic four shapes of Sacred Geometry also corresponds with the elements: Earth is a: hexahedron, air is an: octahedron, fire a: tetrahedron and water is: icosahedron and the fifth the: dodecahedron represents heaven or the universe.

Now it is not my intention to turn this article into a book, but I am pretty sure you are getting the ‘gist’ of how important the senses are, especially when linked to one another as described above. There is a vast amount of knowledge available on this subject of course.

But it is important to stop for one single moment and realize how important our senses are and how big the role is that they play in our lives. If you like, the connection of the senses, all six of them, creates the ability in us, within, to be vehicles of light. To be totally aware at all times. Naturally, without literally making a real effort. At the same time it all comes back and is related to ancient knowledge: Sacred Geometry. Sacred Geometry is the foundation of every single living being, every living cell in everything and created by the building blocks of Sacred Geometry.

It gives you a lot to think about doesn’t it?

Merry Mistletoe (and Christmas)

I have written an earlier blog all about the hype around #metoo. First of all I want to say that those who have been involved in any form of unsolicited intimacy (sexual harassment) have my sympathy. There can never be any excuse! Ever!

But I am getting to the point that I really don’t want to hear another word about it.

What surprises me is that people want to seek publicity when I personally think that if you want to confront the person who pressured you into this, a discussion in private might be a better solution with a mediator present. Raking the dirt up time and time again does not solve the problem or issue for either party. And the press and media have a ‘hay day’ with it; especially when well-known people are part of the story.

This week, I saw an article in the national Dutch newspaper about mistletoe. Suddenly giving someone a kiss under the mistletoe can also be deemed as unsolicited intimacy or sexual harassment bordering on rape! Oh, come on… This article left me sitting there thinking, oh for goodness sake what next? It has inspired me to write something about the tradition of mistletoe around Christmas time.

Mistletoe is a plant, which is really a sort of ‘parasite’ for a tree. Mistletoe loves apple trees and is happy to live on the nutrients of said tree. Its delicate olive green leaves and white shiny berries make it look attractive and it grows in clusters usually around the top of the tree.

Maratek (Latin Name: Viscum album) is an evergreen from the Sandalwood family. It is called mistletoe, mistel or bird foam. It is a protected species would you believe it? The English name ‘mistletoe’ came from the conjunction of two Anglo Sachsen words – Mistel meaning ‘manure’ and tan meaning ‘twig’. In fact not such a romantic idea when you then combine and make the words: ‘shit on a twig’!

So where did the tradition come from that people started to hang mistletoe in places and how did the idea come about that you should kiss someone under the mistletoe.

The Christmas tradition to hang mistletoe up finds its roots, like many things, in the Church. From Celtic and Germanic times. They considered this plant to be sacred; it represented fertility and was almost seen as a form of aphrodisiac. Mistletoe played a part in the fertility rights. According to legend a person dressed in white clothing would cut a piece of mistletoe from the cluster. It was not allowed to touch the ground, and was then wrapped in white cloth. Then the Druids slaughtered an animal offer and doused the mistletoe in water, which was considered to be a protection against ills and all evil. The offer was made to the Gods of fertility, like the Norwegian Gods, Freya and Baldr. This was really the start of the tradition.

When the Christians came to Europe, they tried to ban the hanging of mistletoe in the churches, but many continue to do this right up to present day. In York Minster Church in England there used to be a special service for Mistletoe in the winter, in which criminals and such like were forgiven for their sins.

So now we know that mistletoe had quite an important role for many centuries around the Festive Season. But how did we get to the idea that people should kiss under the mistletoe. Mistletoe represents peace and love. Well that all started in Scandinavia in Druid times. When people met one another in the woods and found themselves under the mistletoe, they laid down their weapons and had a cease-fire for the entire day. That is where the tradition comes to hang a piece of mistletoe from the ceiling and kiss one another. It means that the entire day is related to goodwill, peace, love and friendship, which is perfect for the thoughts around Christmas.

Of course the kissing tradition began in England (where else?). Originally you had to pick a berry from the branch before you could kiss someone (who just happened to be standing there with you). When all the berries were gone, no more kissing took place. These days, we are not so difficult about the idea if there are berries or not. Personally I did not know this was the case. So make sure if you want to do a lot of kissing this year, pick a branch with loads of berries!!

Under the motto then, that everyone gets what he or she deserves a survey was done. Do people still kiss under the mistletoe and do they know why and how the tradition came about? I am guessing that the majority of people don’t know. The survey said the same.

Having done this research I am thinking to myself, how on earth can the newspapers write an article that an unsolicited kiss under the mistletoe surmounts to rape. What a load of nonsense.

The ancient meaning of mistletoe around Christmas time is love, peace and friendship.

Whether you hang mistletoe in your home or not, it might be interesting to give this a bit of thought and do it this year. Show your loved ones and friends that a kiss under the mistletoe is just a token of love, friendship and peace. A ‘cease fire’ from the pressures of every day life anno 2017.

I am rushing off out now to buy a branch from my local florists. Are you?