Paranormal Terminology -C-
Terminology -C-
Response made by a subject in a card-guessing or other ESP test.

Card Guessing
An experimental test for ESP in which subjects guess the identity of a set of cards (e.g., playing cards or Zener cards).

Fortune telling using cards.

Cerebral Anoxia
Lack of oxygen to the brain, often causing sensory distortions and hallucinations. Sometimes used to explain features of the near-death experience.

Chakras are vast pools of energy in our bodies which govern our psychological qualities. We have 7 major chakras and they should contribute to a human's well-being, meaning our instincts should join forces with our feelings and our thinking. Some of our chakras may not be open all the way, some may be over-active, and some may be nearly closed off. If the chakras are out of balance, peace and harmony with the self cannot be achieved.

Describes the method in which mediums allow themselves to be used in order to manifest something which comes from outside themselves. For example, a healer is a channel for healing energy. Another form of channeling is trance mediumship during a trance, mediums can be aware of their surroundings and listen to instructions of a spirit guide and converse with other people whilst passing on messages, words of wisdom or inviting questions.

A spell or object possessing magic power.

Cipher Test
A coded message left by a person who intends to communicate the cipher after death.

A group of people who hold seances.

Clairalience (smelling)
Also known as Clairescence. In the field of parapsychology, clairalience (from late 17th century French with clair meaning "clear" and alience meaning "smelling" is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person accesses psychic knowledge through the physical sense of smell.

Clairaudience (hearing/listening)
In the field of parapsychology, clairaudience (from late 17th century French with clair meaning "clear" and audience meaning "hearing". It is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires information by paranormal auditory means. It is often considered to be a form of clairvoyance. Clairaudience is essentially the ability to hear in a paranormal manner, as opposed to paranormal seeing (clairvoyance) and feeling (clairsentience). Clairaudient people have psi-mediated hearing. Clairaudience may refer not to actual perception of sound, but may instead indicate impressions of the "inner mental ear" similar to the way many people think words without having auditory impressions. But it may also refer to actual perception of sounds such as voices, tones, or noises which are not apparent to other humans or to recording equipment. For instance, a clairaudient person might claim to hear the voices or thoughts of the spirits of persons who are deceased.

Claircognizance (knowing)
In the field of parapsychology, claircognizance (from late 17th century French with clair meaning "clear" and cognizance meaning knowledge) is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires psychic knowledge primarily by means of intrinsic knowledge. It is the ability to know something without a physical explanation why you know it, like the concept of mediums.

Clairgustance (tasting)
In the field of parapsychology, clairgustance is defined as a form of extra-sensory perception that allegedly allows one to taste a substance without putting anything in one's mouth. It is claimed that those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste.

Clairsentience (feeling/touching)
In the field of parapsychology, clairsentience is a form of extra-sensory perception wherein a person acquires psychic knowledge primarily by feeling. The word is from the French with clair meaning “clear” and sentience meaning “feeling”.  It is an ability that can be obtained at advanced meditation levels. Generally the term refers to a person who can feel the vibration of other people. There are many different degrees of clairsentience ranging from the perception of diseases of other people to the thoughts or emotions of other people. The ability differs from third eye in that this kind of ability cannot have a vivid picture in the mind. Instead, a very vivid feeling can form.

Clairvoyance (vision)
The term clairvoyance (from 17th century French with clair meaning "clear" and voyance meaning "vision") is the ability to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses, a form of extra-sensory perception. A person said to have the ability of clairvoyance is referred to as a clairvoyant ("one who sees clearly").

Clairvoyant Medium
Or clairvoyant. A person who obtains information paranormally (often by spirit communication) without the need to enter into a trance state. Cf. trance medium.

Cold Reading
A reading given with no prior knowledge of the sitter. Often a mixture of very general statements which could apply to anyone, together with inferences made from cues presented by the sitter (e.g., physical appearance, clothes, tone of voice, statements made).

Cold Spots
Cold spots are small self-contained air pockets that feel colder than the ambient temperature, they have been recorded between 10-40 degrees lower than the ambient air. They are usually found in the location at the approximate time of a manifestation. Witnesses frequently describe cold spots, or relate that they felt a chill upon entering the area (of a manifestation). It is theorized that these cold spots are the result of the manifestation using the heat energy of the surrounding air as fuel.

Collective Apparition
An apparition seen simultaneously by more than one person.

Collective Unconscious
Concept put forward by C.G. Jung to refer to a level of unconscious thought and experience shared collectively by humans.

In mediumship, a message purported to be from a discarnate entity (a spirit or non-material entity).

A discarnate entity from whom the medium receives messages.

Contact Mind Reading
A technique simulating telepathy, in which the "mind reader" (who generally holds a hand or arm) responds to slight muscle movements produced unconsciously by the person whose mind is apparently being read. Also known as muscle reading, Cumberlandism or Hellstromism.

Cosmic Consciousness
A blissful experience in which the person becomes aware of the whole universe as a living being.

Crisis Apparition
An apparition in which a person is seen within a few hours of an important crisis such as death, accident or sudden illness.

Crop Circles
Consists of a circle within which all corn stems are flattened but not broken, usually the outer ring of the circle has the corn flattened in the opposite direction to that of the center. Sometimes the circle may be surrounded by a series of smaller circles that maybe linked by channels.

Separate items of information, received independently by two or more mediums, which make sense only when pieced together.

Crown Chakra
This chakra is the 7th chakra and you may be able to travel to and experience different planes when this chakra is open. It is through this center that you may be able to visit the Akashic Records, as Edgar Cayce did over fifty years ago. You may find yourself floating out of your body and experiencing the vast power of the Universal Flow.

Knowledge (acquired in normal ways) that may be revealed without the person remembering its source. Such memories may falsely appear to be paranormal revelations. Sometimes cryptomnesia is used as an explanation for apparently paranormal experiences such as xenoglossy or past-life memories.

Crystal Gazing
Staring into a reflecting surface (e.g., mirror, glass, crystal, liquid) in order to obtain paranormal information. Also known as scrying. See also divination.

Words spoken or written in order to influence others paranormally, causing them harm.
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