The Differences Between Psychic Clairaudience & Mental Illness
amanda linette meder
September 2019 Update: This article was first published in February 2015.
In 2016, a study in the Schizophrenia Bulletin revealed Yale researchers working with clairaudient psychics who consider voices healthy, comparing them to the population of people who consider voices unhealthy.
The following year, in 2017, Philippa Sue Richardson published a paper in the Journal of Metaphysical Thought, titled The Misunderstanding between Schizophrenia and Clairaudience.
The field of metaphysical research continues to become more compassionate towards psychics.
Personally, I have had both experiences. The ability to control them and the loss of the ability to manage them. The latter is definitely distressing.
I will tell you that with careful management of your emotions, thoughts, and influences, you may be able to manage internal voices, so they are beneficial.
Let’s start this article by discussing the beneficial type of voice hearing.
Clairaudience is the ability of clear hearing.
It typically refers to the ability to hear the words and thoughts of those in Spirit, and potentially perceive the thoughts of others, through telepathy.
Hearing spiritual voices can start to manifest after a spiritual awakening.
How Clairaudience Manifests
Clairaudience often first shows itself as:
Ringing or popping noises heard within or external to the ear
The hearing of whispers, radio, muffled talking or music when no one is home, or there is no other explanation for the noise
Hearing a singular masculine voice in one or both ears - some call this the voice of God and are not distressed by it at all
Disembodied voices, or, human voices with no physical world source
Internal or external clairaudience
The ability to hear those in Spirit can manifest externally, 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 internally, 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 a spiritual gift.
Some psychics believe that the voices can be beneficial towards the hearer and towards society, when applied appropriately and channeled towards the good.
Because of the internal aspect of clairaudience, those who have natural spiritual abilities sometimes confuse their gifts as a mental illness. This is because one of the symptoms of some mental illnesses is hearing voices in your head.
Mental illness often comes with other symptoms
Psychosis or schizophrenia often comes with other symptoms such as the inability to find happiness.
So if you hear voices, you want to look to see if you have other symptoms before declaring yourself as mentally ill.
Just because you hear voices inside your head doesn’t mean you’re mentally ill. Many of the historical prophets, including Jesus, heard voices and called these voices Angels.
Hearing voices may mean you have the remarkable gift to hear those in Spirit, including the deceased, Angels, and Spirit Guides.
You may only need to learn about it to control it, manage it, and come to coping terms with it.
Differences between clairaudience and mental illness:
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 logical than your own), and usually quite compassionate.
To know for sure, if you have a gift, I think asking a spiritual practitioner first is a great idea. A medium, a shaman, or another professional spirit communicator may help identify what you are experiencing without prescribing anything or committing you to a mental hospital.
If you are in distress over the voices you hear, try:
Grounding your energy
Removing yourself from negative energy sources even in media
Reducing unnecessary stimulants from your diet
Improving your diet to be more high vibrational foods
If the voices you hear are advising adverse action, it could be the result of:
Related to a chemical you are taking
Absorbed societal influences as a result of being empathic
Prolonged physical or psychological distress
Negative thoughts, ego and Spirits may all be the same thing, but we simply use different names for the idea in different fields. Regardless, safely reducing your exposure to any of these things could support a more positive mental environment.
If you hear voices and they are advising dangerous actions:
This can be scary however, in many cases it can be quelled.
I like Orange Essential oil to boost the vibration of your thoughts.
I also like going out in nature to clear the energy.
It is possible to redirect your own thought processes by adapting the words that come out of your mouth to have a more positive spin.
Negative voices tend to ramp up after trauma.
If you have recently experienced a trauma (within the year), seeking holistic personal resolution from this experience, may also help to create a more positive mental landscape. A positive mental landscape is one where negative voices are less likely to flourish.
Even if your thoughts are not positive by crafting your words more carefully, it can slowly but surely, adapt your thought landscape. This will make the desire to live in your head, a little less fun for the distressing voices, and a little more fun for the positive ones.
I'm not a doctor, so please consult one if you need to or if your family is pressing you to.
So to recap:
If you hear distressing voices, it could be a mental illness, but there are things you can do to reduce it. It could also be other factors.
If you hear voices, but they are not distressing and guide you to loving actions, this could be a spiritual gift, and it can be managed.
According to the research, the main difference between clairaudience and mental illness is: whether the voice cause suffering and whether they can be managed.
You may also enjoy these books written by clinical psychologists that explain how easily psychic abilities can be misdiagnosed as mental illness -
Spirit Releasement Therapy: A Technique Manual (Amazon Link) by Dr. William J Baldwin
The first two are about spirits and their effect on the living and how they can become mal-aligned. The third is about the remembrance of past lives and other psychic things. This is specifically helpful if you or a child is talking about visions that don't make sense.
These books do not dismiss your experiences. They will be able to tell the difference between genuine abilities and otherwise, and help you in better understanding your experiences.
If you do seek medical help, know there are those in the psychological community that are compassionate and non-judgmental towards voice hearers. You simply have to find them.
The entire psychological community need not be feared.
However, if you find a non-compassionate practitioner and your insurance allows it, I would continue seeking care until you find someone who is more empathic.
I have experienced both ends of the spectrum and will say that there are those out there that will hold you against your will if you speak about hearing voices to the wrong crowd. Yes, even in 2019.
So take some time to learn about voices, before heading to worst case scenario. As long as the voices aren't advising anything dangerous, you should be fine to take the time to explore the perspectives.
In the above new research, healthy voice-hearers are not-distressed by the voices and able to control them. It is possible to be a clairaudient psychic and lose control of your gifts. However, you can regain mental clarity.
In this article, I've discussed a few methods how. For more, check out the links above or the links below -
Amanda Linette Meder
Warning: I am not a doctor, but I do have experience with inner voice management and peace. I believe it is important to view both metaphysical and philosophical perspectives on voices, as well as medical when making decisions for your own happiness.
If you are a doctor and compassionate to voice hearers, please contact us so we can put any clients who may need your care in touch.
This article is for educational purposes only, please refer to the above written texts and your local practitioners for dealing with serious medical conditions.
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Last Updated: 2019.09.09