I Hear Voices: The Difference Between Clairaudience & Mental Illness
Clairaudience is the ability of clear hearing.
It typically refers to the ability of living humans to hear the words and thoughts of those in Spirit.
Clairaudience often first shows itself as ringing or popping noises heard within or external to the ear, but the ability can also start as a hearing of whispers, radio, muffled talking or music when no one is home or there is no other explanation for the noise.
People who are clairaudient can sometimes hear disembodied voices, or, human voices with no physical world source.
The ability to hear those in Spirit can manifest as external clairaudience, which means the person hears those in Spirit, external of themselves as voices, music, popping, cracking, or noises in their immediate area.
Clairaudience can also manifest as internal clairaudience, which means the person will hear the messages and words of Spirit as voices, thoughts or messages within their own mind. This means that a clairaudient person may hear voices within their mind and have nothing wrong with them - besides an unmanaged spiritual gift.
Because of the internal aspect of clairaudience, those who have natural spiritual abilities sometimes confuse their gifts as a mental illness. This is because the one of the symptoms of some mental illnesses is hearing voices within your head.
However, just because you hear voices inside your head doesn’t mean you are crazy.
It may mean you have the awesome gift to hear those in Spirit including deceased Loved Ones, Angels and Spirit Guides and simply need to learn about it.
There are distinct differences between clairaudience and mental illness
These differences are:
Clairaudient individuals can learn to control these voices with training and practice, learning how to turn them up and down, depending on the situation.
Spirit voices tend to be more brief, sudden, and to the point and are generally not a constant, running noise (though unchecked clairaudience can sometimes be this way).
Spirit voices tend to engage in a genuine dialogue with you, answering questions that you have and providing feedback.
Spirit voices generally do not prevent functionality, nor do they suggest harmful behavior.
Spirit voices are gentle, safe, rational (often more rational than your own), and usually quite compassionate.
To know for sure, the best thing you can do is ask a spiritual practitioner, such as a medium, a shaman, or another professional spirit communicator to help identify what you are experiencing.
Not only will they not dismiss your experiences, but they will be able to tell the difference between genuine abilities and otherwise, and help you in better understanding your experiences.
Amanda Linette Meder