WHEN THERE’S SOME tidbit of knowledge that you know for sure, without knowing how you know, it’s called claircognizance, or “clear knowing.” Maybe this has happened to you: You’re arguing with a person about a topic that you’re only vaguely familiar with, but something deep inside of you tells you a fact or two, and you cling to this knowledge without having evidence to support it. Your companion asks, “But how do you know?” And you have no retort other than “I just know—that’s all.”
You’ve probably been called a “know-it-all” a few times in your life, and this proclamation has a grain of truth to it. You do know a lot, but you’re totally puzzled about how you came to own all this information.
Many great inventors, scientists, authors, futurists, and leaders have used their gift of claircognizance to tap into the collective unconscious and access new ideas and inspiration. Thomas Edison, for instance, said, “All progress, all success, springs from thinking.” It’s said that Edison and other great inventors meditated until they received a brainstorm of inspiration and ideas.
The difference between someone who simply receives such information and a person who also benefits from it is the ability to accept what’s happening as being useful and special. So many claircognizants write off their incoming transmissions as information that’s glaringly obvious to others. Everyone knows this stuff, claircognizants will say to themselves. Then, two years later, they find that the brilliant idea they’d conceived has been carried out and marketed by another person. So, the challenge for those who receive their Divine guidance as a thought, idea, or revelation is to accept that this is a unique piece of information that really could be the answer to their prayer.
Let’s say that you’ve been praying for Divine guidance to help you leave your job and become self-employed. You then receive an idea for a business that would help others, and this thought comes to you again and again (two characteristics of true Divine guidance). Will you discount it, thinking, Well, everyone dreams of self-employment, so obviously this is pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking?
I’ve found that claircognizants benefit from spending time away from the computer and office by getting a healthy dose of nature and fresh air. Many thinking-oriented people lead work-centered lives, creating a need for balance in the areas of physical fitness, playfulness, family matters, spirituality, and relationships. Even focusing a little extra time on these things can help a claircognizant feel more clear in following ideas that are born of the Infinite Mind.
A key ingredient in tapping into that intellectual awareness is being able to differentiate between when you’re using discernment versus when you’re relying on judgment. There are key differences between these two intellectual behaviors that can determine spiritual outcomes.
Let’s start with an example involving cigarette smoking. You’re probably aware of the many studies linking this habit to various diseases and health risks. Discernment would say, “I’m not attracted to smoking or smokers. I don’t care for the smell of cigarettes or their effects.” Judgment would say, “Smoking is bad. Smokers are bad.” Notice the difference? One operates under the Law of Attraction, which simply asks you to honor your personal preferences without labeling or condemnation.
In a similar vein, when you’re unsure whether or not an idea is Divinely guided, pay attention to your internal mechanisms of discernment. The old adage “If in doubt, don’t” has a lot of wisdom to it. Your inner computer knows if something is off or not. You might not need to reject an entire idea, but you may have to rethink or revise certain components of it.
True Divine claircognizance is repetitive and positive. It speaks of ways in which you can improve your own life and the lives of others. It’s service oriented, and while a certain idea may make you rich and famous, that’s a side benefit and not the motivation behind the concept. In fact, it’s usually these types of altruistic ideas that lead to benefits for their inventors. Those who pursue self-serving ventures often repel potential clients and customers, who sense the hollow values behind an idea.
My publisher and mentor, Louise L. Hay, once told me that her financial life finally healed when she began focusing on how she could serve, rather than on what she could get. When I applied this same principle to my own life, I found that it had remarkably curative effects on my level of happiness, as well as on my career and income.
Doreen Virtue is a spiritual doctor of psychology and a fourth-generation metaphysician who works with the angelic, elemental, and ascended-master realms in her writings and workshops.