This is one of the most common things people say to me when I teach the ThetaHealing® Basic class. Either that, or "I'm not seeing anything"...
We all experience things differently - we just do. If you think about it, we've spent all our lives fine-tuning the way we see, touch, smell, taste and hear things around us, but many people haven't spent much time fine-tuning their intuition and visualisation; these are skills that we start to work on in the Basic class. Here's a good one for you...
What colour is beige?
Even Wikipedia can't decide: "Beige is variously described as a pale sandy fawn color, a grayish tan, a light-grayish yellowish brown, or a pale to grayish yellow. It takes its name from French, where the word originally meant natural wool that has been neither bleached nor dyed, and hence also the color of natural wool." But you know what beige is (to you) when you see it.
Every sensation, every experience you have had since your birth (actually, even before that), is processed by your brain; the most powerful super-computer known to man. Your brain is constantly trying to make sense of the information that's being sent to it. So when waves of electromagnetic radiation, with a wavelngth of between 625 and 740 nanometres enter your eye and produce an image on the retina, you see a shade of red.
But what if there was another way of producing the same result?
What if we directly stimulated the correct areas of the brain (the ventral occipital lobe - specifically the lingual gyrus) with the same information that the nerves in the retina send out? You would see red.
Directly stimulating the brain with the appropriate signals that would normally be initiated by the senses is also the whole premise behind the movie THE MATRIX (a definite must-see in my opinion).
So what on earth does this have to do with spirituality? I hear you say.
Well, when you start engaging your prophetic senses (clairaudience, clairsentience, etc. - see below), your brain still has to interpret these messages too - it's just that it may not have had much experience in the past.
When Vianna Stibal first wrote her ThetaHealing® books she based everything around Clairsentience because that's what she experienced. Later, they were re-written around Clairvoyance because more people doing Theta' seem to be Clairvoyant than Clairsentient. Still, in her books she says "you will see..." (because she has to put "something" in as an example), though my students and I often see other things too.
What I have found is that trying to visualise something the same way others see it just causes unnecessary stress. If you just relax and accept what you're shown, it is much easier. In fact, I have not yet come across a student who couldn't visualise - sometimes it just takes a while longer than others. Every now and then you come across someone who is Clairsentient who gets a bit frustrated they can't visualise, but their gift is awesome and if they consistently "feel" rather than "see", great... It doesn't matter.
What I am trying to say is this... Just relax, and accept what you are shown. If you visualise an oak tree and someone else visualises a redwood, go with it, they're both trees, and neither is better than than the other.
“The world according to John”, March 2019
The four main prophetic senses are:
Clairvoyance (clear seeing)
Seeing images in your mind.
Clairaudience (clear hearing)
For myself, I often hear (or feel I have heard) a distinct word, such as "trust", and less often whole sentences.
Clairsentience (clear feeling)
The ability to feel strongly and sense the emotions and feelings of people, animals, spirits, and places around them. I know clairsentients who literally have feelings in their gut.
Claircognizance (clear knowing)
The ability to ‘just know’ in your soul when something is accurate.