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Clairvoyance is a term derived from French, clair meaning "clear" and voyance meaning "vision". This form of extra-sensory perception is a siddhi by which the seer or clairvoyant can perceive subtler states of matter.

H. P. Blavatsky defined it as follows:

Clairvoyance. The faculty of seeing with the inner eye or spiritual sight. As now used it is a loose and flippant term, embracing under its meaning a happy guess due to natural shrewdness or intuition, and also that faculty which was so remarkably exercised by Jacob Boehme and Swedenborg. Real clairvoyance means the faculty of seeing through the densest matter (the latter disappearing at the will and before the spiritual eye of the Seer), and irrespective of time (past, present and future) or distance.[1]

Additional resources


Books and pamphlets



  • Medical Diagnosis by Clairvoyance by Phoebe Bendit. Wheaton, Illinois: Theosophical Society in America, 1957. 44 minutes. Recorded from a live radio broadcast, Phoebe Bendit, and her husband Laurence, discuss the many aspects of clairvoyance and how she used it for over thirty years in her medical practice.


  1. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, The Theosophical Glossary (Krotona, CA: Theosophical Publishing House, 1973), 85.