Have you ever wondered why you can smell or taste things that others cannot? I have always found this fascinating. I know some people consider it strange but as par for me, I just want to figure out what it is all about.
I believe that all of us have heightened senses that are labeled intuition or psychic skills. Some people listen to what these senses tell them, and others dismiss them. When I first became consciously aware of my experience of these senses, I was on the fence. I did not dismiss the experiences, but I did not discuss them with others. I hid my experience with them. I do not do this now. In fact, having come to realize the importance of these senses, I now teach others to pay attention to their own up-leveled sensory experiences.
Clairalience and Clairigustance are two notable examples of heightened sensory abilities.
Clairalience means clear smell. I smelled roses in a room when no one is there, no windows are open, and there is no other logical way that the smell can be there. For example, I experienced this once while working with a client. I was preparing for the session. There was no one else in the office but me. Ten minutes before the client arrived, I smelled roses. The smell was so strong that I walked out into the office reception area and then into the hallway to check for the source. No one was there and I could find no source of the smell. When the client arrived the smell of roses became even stronger. I asked the client how I might help her today. She began to cry. She had just received a breast cancer diagnosis. I asked her if the smell of roses meant anything to her. She responded, “It means that Mother Mary is with me.” I told her that I had been smelling roses since before she arrived. This experience was a sign to my client that Mother Mary was with her on her journey with cancer, and my telling her gave my client a sense of peace.
Clairigustance means clear taste. I experience this sense when looking through my recipes and cookbooks. It is important to me to enjoy what I eat and to look forward to eating what I am cooking. I will read a recipe and as I look at the ingredients, I get a taste in my mouth. If it is a good taste, I know I should try the recipe. If the taste is unpleasant, I move on to the next.
There are careers that are based on these heightened senses. Sommeliers – wine stewards – can use their heightened sense of taste and smell to identify the most subtle characteristics of wines. The best professional chefs use their heightened sense of taste and smell to weave together various flavors into an edible work of art. It is so cool that these heightened senses find recognition through these and other professions.