Clairvoyance and Second Sight
The Transfer of Information



Clairvoyance and Second Sight
The Transfer of Information

How Do You Define Consciousness? What are psychic powers? What is the soul? Are we connected at the quantum level? For thousands of years we have asked these existential questions and religions have attempted to explain our divine nature. With the advent of quantum mechanics, string and membrane theory, science has reached a new level of understanding.

In The Psychic Matrix, you will meet the top scientists studying these important questions. These brilliant minds explain how it is possible to have precognition, telepathy, clairvoyance; and how science has learned about potential human abilities that defy space and time.

The Psychic Matrix explains the true nature of this wonderful "multiverse" and provides cutting-edge understanding of our undeniable connection to the cosmos, spirit and each other.


Within parapsychology, clairvoyance is used exclusively to refer to the transfer of information that is both contemporary to, and hidden from, the clairvoyant.

It is very different from telepathy in that the information is said to be gained directly from an external physical source, rather than being transferred from the mind of one individual to another.




70 Years at the Rhine

View this historic oral presentation with Dr. Elizabeth A. McMahan as she shares her memories of working with J.B. and Louisa Rhine at the Duke Parapsychology Laboratory.

Dr. McMahan was a staff member of the Duke Parapsychology Lab and originator of the 'Pure Telepathy Test", presenting conclusive evidence for telepathy which could not be explained by remote viewing or clairvoyance.





Second sight is a form of extrasensory perception, the supposed power to perceive things that are not present to the senses, whereby a person perceives information, in the form of a vision, about future events before they happen (precognition), or about things or events at remote locations (remote viewing).

Second sight may have originally been so called because normal vision was regarded as coming first, while supernormal vision is a secondary thing, confined to certain individuals.

Darna Shealladh is the Gaelic name given to "second sight", the involuntary ability of seeing the future or distant events. It originated in the Scottish highlands.

Perhaps our earliest notice of symbolical second sight is found in the Odyssey, where Theoclymenus sees a shroud of mist about the bodies of the doomed Wooers, and drops of blood distilling from the walls of the hall of Odysseus.

The Pythia at Delphi saw the blood on the walls during the Persian War; and, in the Argonautica of Apollonius Rhodius, blood and fire appear to Circe in her chamber on the night before the arrival of the fratricidal Jason and Medea.

Similar examples of symbolical visions occur in the Icelandic sagas, especially in Njala, before the burning of Njal and his family.

In the Highlands, and in Wales, the chief symbols beheld are the shroud, and the corpse candle or other spectral illumination.

Ranulf Higdons Polychronicon (14th century) describes Scottish second sight, adding "that strangers setten their feet upon the feet of the men of that londe for to see such syghtes as the men of that londe doon".

Within parapsychology, clairvoyance is used exclusively to refer to the transfer of information that is both contemporary to, and hidden from, the clairvoyant.

It is very different from telepathy  in that the information is said to be gained directly from an external physical source, rather than being transferred from the mind of one individual to another.


The term clairvoyance (from 17th century French with clair meaning "clear" and voyance  meaning "vision") is used to refer to the ability to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses, a form of extra-sensory perception.

Outside of parapsychology, clairvoyance is often used to refer to other forms of anomalous cognition, most commonly the perception of events that have occurred in the past, or which will occur in the future.

This is known as retrocognition and precognition respectively, or to refer to communications with the dead.

Clairvoyance is related to remote viewing, although the term "remote viewing" itself is not as widely applicable to clairvoyance because it refers to a specific controlled process.



It is unfortunate, indeed careless, that clairvoyance has come to be indicative of all/most forms of purported mediumship.

There are four primary channels, clair sensing, trance, healing and physical plus a whole raft of others that do not fit neatly into any one primary channel.


Clairvoyance (seeing) and clairaudience (hearing) for example are both kinds of clairsensing and belong in that main group. Many mediums who are good clairvoyants may well have little or no clairaudient capability even though both "gifts" belong in the primary channel of clairsensing.

Remote viewing is a facet of clairvoyance and usually appears in practitioners suffering from arrested development.

Trance is the ability to communicate with, and mainly to receive from, other entities, incarnate & discarnate, and may sometimes be independent of time; it is usually divided into deep trance (obliterative & so dangerous, where the operative abdicates the throne, quite common) and light trance (a high or even total degree of awareness & thus safer for the practitioner, and extremely rare when well-done).

Healing is the ability to induct health benefits from some usually unspecified higher source where the healer can direct the effects to the beneficiary. Contact healing involves the healer being in the closest proximity but not necessarily actually touching.

Absent healing is explained by its alternative name of distant healing and is independent of spatial distance.

Physical mediumship includes events such as table turning, production of quasi-physical objects (even personages) & sometimes involving so-called ectoplasm. It is often said to require either total darkness or at the most a weak red light.

There are many further mediumistic events, still unfortunately too often dubbed clairvoyance, which do not fit neatly into any of the four main channels. These include psychometry (establishing the history of an object), slate writing (common in Victorian times), extras appearing in photographs (seemingly no more; possibly since the advent of compound camera lenses using plastic as well as quartz-glass) and a long list of other curiosities too extensive to be dealt with here.

It is most unusual for a medium to have more than one primary channel "open" and under control.