How to Tell the Difference Between Your Intuition vs Imagination

 How to Tell the Difference Between Your Intuition vs Imagination

You read about intuition a lot and you see this piece of advice being provided everywhere: ‘always trust your intuition’. But how can you tell that something is a real intuitive hit and not just a figment of your imagination or just a passing though?

Intuition is something that we are all born with. It’s our own innate GPS system that is there to help us make soul aligned decisions.

Your higher self and spirit team communicate with you and try to guide you to make the right decisions using your strongest intuitive sense. They will send you signals, via your connection to them, into those spiritual senses you have.

They send you hundreds of signals every single day that you probably don’t notice. What’s the point if you can’t recognise what is intuition and what isn’t?

How will you act on their guidance if you don’t know it’s coming from them?

You contemplate a particular situation and you have a hunch or very relevant thought that pops into your head but you kind of brush these things off as just figments of your imagination.

Imagine how different it would be if you knew how to recognise the signals coming in via your intuitive senses. You would know what the message is and can, therefore, act on it.

In this article, I’ll show you how to differentiate between your intuitive guidance and psychic impressions vs normal functioning of your mind and body. The difference is actually more subtle than you would think!


A calm and clear mind is the key to developing your intuition, receiving psychic impressions, and more. Because when you are feeling calm and tranquil you are vibrating at a high rate.

Creating Space for Spirit

If you want to be able to communicate with your guides and to know what information is coming down to you via your higher self and spirit team, then you MUST create the mental space for them to make themselves known.

This is step 0 and is vital so don’t ignore it!

Let’s say that you have a vital message to pass on to one of your friends. They’re in the same room as you but they’re at a party. There is a crowd full of people talking animatedly between you and them and no way for you to easily get to them. You basically have to shout and even then, your friend may not be able to hear you.

Contrast that with an empty room. There is no noisy crowd. There is no party. Your friend is standing alone in that room. When you speak they will for sure be able to hear you, right? Because there are no distractions.

That is key. How can you expect to hear your guides and receive intuitive hits when your mind is cluttered? Imagine what that’s like for your guides! It’s like trying to shout to you in a crowded room!

A calm and clear mind is the key to developing your intuition, receiving psychic impressions, and more. Because when you are feeling calm and tranquil you are vibrating at a high rate. Spirit exists at a very high vibration and in order to connect we need to meet them halfway.

Okay, so how do you do that? I would suggest starting a daily meditation practice. There are actually several forms of meditation to choose from and you can read more about it in this article here.

The point is, that you need to find something that works for you that helps you to relax and clear your mind.

Haven’t you ever had brilliant ideas or aha moments in the shower? Those are divinely guided! You are calm and relaxed at that moment and therefore, have created space for those intuitive hits to come in. I call this state ‘receptive mode’.

There is a reason I do my readings in the morning and that is because my mind is not really 100% awake and active at that time, and therefore quiet.

Before doing any work with tarot cards, oracle cards, or with your pendulum, or before asking any question to Spirit for an answer make sure you’re in that calm and relaxed state. Do what you gotta do to get into receptive mode.

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The Four Clairs

Alright, so before I tell you exactly how to differentiate between intuition and your own human mind, I need you to understand the various forms that intuition and psychic information come in.

By the way, remember that intuition is just one step below psychic impressions. It’s just a matter of strength and you can graduate from intuition to psychic ability with practice. As long as you know what to look for and what to practice.

The key thing you need to know is that there are four ‘clairs’ or spiritual senses. Just as you have physical senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) so too do you have spiritual senses. The four main ones are:

  • Clairvoyance: Clairvoyance is your spiritual sight. Clairvoyants are visual intuitives who tend to receive information as images within their mind's eye. 
  • Clairaudience: Clairaudience is your spiritual hearing. Clairaudients are auditory intuitives who tend to receive information as sounds, thoughts, or phrases in their mind.
  • Claircognizance: Claircognizance is your spiritual sense of knowing. Claircognizants tend to simply know things to be true without there being any local explanation for it. Claircognizants receive information as direct downloads from the spiritual realm.
  • Clairsentience: Clairsentience is your spiritual sense of feeling. Clairsentients receive information as physical sensations in their body like a gut feeling, goosebumps, or elevated heart rate.

We use all of these intuitive senses at various times but everyone has at least 1 or 2 they are strongest in. For me, that’s clairvoyance and clairaudience. To find out yours, you can take this quiz I made to help you discover your intuitive type. I also have another article talking about the four intuitive types in more depth so if you want to read more about that, read it here.

It can be very confusing to differentiate what information is coming from the clairs and what is just your own human mind. Like I said earlier, the difference is very subtle.

So let’s go through each one in a little more depth.


Just as you have physical senses (sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste) so too do you have spiritual senses. The four main ones are: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and claircognizance.

Is it Clairvoyance?

I think this one is the most misunderstood one of them all. In supernatural movies and tv shows, certain characters are shown as having “the sight” and are able to see disembodied entities with their physical eyes.

I’m sure some people can do that but this is a total myth! Spirit tends to work with the tools you already have in order to communicate with you and get the message across.

Clairvoyance uses your imagination and mind’s eye. When you imagine stuff or daydream you are practising clairvoyance. And when you suddenly imagine something during a reading, that is not just your imagination it’s clairvoyance.

For example, let’s say I do my meditation and start a reading. I’m looking at my tarot cards, oracle cards, or whatever, and suddenly I ‘imagine’ Archangel Michael in front of me. Just out of nowhere this image appears in my mind.

Is it a figment of my imagination? No! That is really Archangel Michael making himself known via my spiritual sight.

Okay, so can you tell the difference between clairvoyance and your own imagination? Is there a difference between a psychic vision and any old daydream?

Yes. The difference is that spirit guides, angels, passed loved ones, and the world beyond looks as if it’s in technicolour. The colours are very bright, very saturated, and everything has a certain glow whereas when you imagine your next summer holiday destination it looks normal. It's no more bright, saturated, or glowy than real life.

It’s almost as if clairvoyant images look and feel more real than real. This goes from dream visitations as well. Those also fall under clairvoyance and when it’s a real spirit visitation one of the signs is that the spirit looks more real than real.


Spirit tends to work with the tools you already have in order to communicate with you and get the message across.

Is it Clairaudience?


Okay, on to the next one. Let’s talk about clairaudience. This is another highly misunderstood one. People assume it’s like hearing voices. Like your thoughts are in your own voice, and when angels talk it’s in some kind of godly booming voice or something.

This is false! It sounds like your own voice! Like I said, Spirit uses the tools that are already available. It takes a whole lot more energy to manifest something external to you than use something you are already familiar with.

For example, say you are thinking about some problem. Let’s assume that you are suffering from acne and you have no idea what to do. Stick with me because this is real guys, happened to me in recent years.

So you have this acne problem and the words “low glycemic” or just “glycemic” pop into your mind. Again and again because Spirit is usually very repetitive to make sure that they made their point.

It does not sound like an external voice it just sounds like your voice. Yet you’re like why does this word keep popping into my head? Then you Google it and find out about the low glycemic diet and how it helps with acne. You try it and it works.

That is how it comes. Words and phrases. If you do it often enough you’ll be able to get full sentences and have conversations with your guides.

But like, are you just talking to yourself? Are you crazy? No!

There is usually a subtle difference here. If it’s my own thought it feels like the voice is coming from lower in my brain. I have noticed that when I channel, the voice feels like it is coming down from my crown chakra. Like they are talking into my crown chakra.

Before we move on, I want to talk about music. Music is one of the tools Spirit uses to reach you using clairaudience.

It’s when you get a random song playing in your mind that seems oddly relevant to your question or situation. So not like an earworm.

One time I got the eight of pentacles tarot card as my card of the day and the minute I looked at it I heard Britney Spears’ song Work Bitch playing in my head. I hadn’t even listened to that song in a very long time and it was just so related to the card meaning that I knew this was a clairaudient message that I needed to work hard that day.

Alright, onto the next one.

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Is it Clairsentience?

Clairsentience is, quite simply, your gut feeling. This one is the most clearly understood out of all your spiritual senses. Clairsentients tend to get signals via their body.

If something is bad for you, you will feel a tightness in your stomach, a sinking feeling, and stuff along those lines.

If something is good for you, you will feel relaxed and open. Completely the opposite is a tightness in the stomach and sinking feeling.

Clairsentience is very sensory. I once had someone tell me that she felt a tingling sensation when doing tarot readings. That counts as clairsentience as well. It doesn't always have to be a feeling in your stomach.

You can even utilise clairsentience when considering a list of options. Say, you are out of a job and you have 5 companies you are thinking of applying to. You can cycle through the options in your mind and notice the reaction of your body. The one that feels the most, I guess welcoming, to you is the right choice.

Oftentimes, you might get a sensation in one of your chakras is something isn’t right. For example, I have chronic problems in my solar plexus and throat chakras. I have never really felt safe speaking my truth in front of my parents because of fear of judgement. I haven’t really worked through this yet. Whenever I visit them I feel a tightness in my throat that is not there normally. That comes from my stifling my voice around them.

The way you can hone in on your clairsentience is to pay attention to your body. Your body is a vessel for Spirit and knows best. The best thing you can do for yourself is to start paying attention to the signals it is giving you and start noticing when these feelings come up.


Your body is a vessel for Spirit and knows best. The best thing you can do for yourself is to start paying attention to the signals it is giving you and start noticing when these feelings come up.

Is it Claircognizance?

Claircognizance is your inner knowingness. It’s those situations where you just seem to know what the answer is without any explanation.

For example, my husband is claircognizant, and his speciality is knowing stuff. He tends to follow the exchange rates and despite not having any financial background, he’s usually right about when the US dollar will go up or down.

Another example is you meet someone new and you just know you won’t get along with them. They seemed okay and there was nothing off about your conversations but you just have this sense to avoid them.

And of course, getting psychic downloads while in the shower phenomenon is claircognizance. Those moments when you suddenly have all this mental clarity and know what to do.

The mental clarity part is key here as well as how strong this knowingness feels to you. I feel like claircognizance is also one of the simpler ones to differentiate because when you know, you just know. When it comes, it comes pretty strongly so it’s hard to miss!

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Timing

By now we have gone through each of the four clairs but if you’re very observant you will have noticed a running theme. That theme is timing.

The main thing that differentiates a divinely guided message from your own human mind is how relevant it is to your current problem or situation.

The solution just seems to come at exactly the right moment. It’s so well-timed that it’s almost crazy! I mean, what are the chances that I hear the song Work Bitch, out of all songs, at the exact moment that I looked at the eight of pentacles.

It’s so extremely coincidental that it’s not actually a coincidence. You get what I mean? It’s synchronicity.

So start paying attention to images, words or songs, feelings, or any insights you get that seem to be very well-timed and relevant to your current train of thought or situation. Chances are that those are divinely guided!