Are You A Sensitive, Intuitive, Psychic or Empathic Soul? Here’s a Checklist to help you find out!


“The real warriors in this world are the ones that see the details of another’s soul. They see the transparency behind walls people put up. They stand on the battlefield of life and expose their heart’s transparency, so others can finish the day with hope. They are the sensitive souls that understand that before they could be a light they first had to feel the burn.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

As most of you know, I’m psychic. I’ve been this way to varying degrees my whole life. It’s something I tried to hide when I was younger. Something I even tried to erase. For a long time I was ashamed to be psychic. I was so worried people would find out and judge me badly.

It took a group of kind Aboriginal Elders to help me to see and accept that I was born this way, and that sensitivity is a gift in my life rather than a problem. Because of their guidance my life is infinitely richer for embracing and owning my sensitivity. These wise old women also saved my mental health by normalising my experience through their own cultural teachings.

All of us are intuitive – that’s our birthright as humans, and it’s hardwired into us. Even the most disconnected or ‘non-believing’ of us will still have gut feelings or hunches strong enough that we can acknowledge and act upon them.

But some of us have a much greater sensitivity than that.

The Checklist below lists many of the varied experiences that are common for people who are sensitive, empathic, intuitive and psychic. If you have experienced any of the following (not as a result of mental illness, or a drug or illness induced state!) then it is highly likely you are a sensitive soul too. Sensitivity is not a weakness – in fact it can be one of your greatest strengths.

How many of these have you experienced?

  • lucid dreaming
  • deja vu
  • precognitive dreams or visions
  • awareness about people, places, objects or events that has no rational cause nor explanation
  • an ability to know information about people
  • sensing the energy field around people or places, and having that affect your body or emotions
  • seeing energy, faces, or other images either in your mind’s eye or through your own eyes
  • hearing voices or knowledge not your own – either as a physical sound, or as a voice, knowing or thought that arises inside you that you somehow understand is not your own
  • having remembrance or recognition of past lives
  • walking into a room full of people and having an immediate understanding of what has happened before you entered based on the feeling or energy of the room
  • being drawn to psychic activities and tools, such as cards, books, courses, energetic healing modalities and crystals – where you feel compelled to have or work with these, even when your rational mind protests or doesn’t understand
  • sudden recognition of things previously not known to you – such as knowing the names or uses for things outside your profession or fields of study, or knowing your way around a place you have not ever visited
  • being strongly aware of when a person is hiding something or concealing their true thoughts or feelings
  • sensing, seeing or hearing Guides, Angels, those who have crossed over, and other energetic beings
  • knowing when someone is lying and knowing it with an unemotional yet deep certainty
  • connection with star people, recurring dreams about or remembered incidences of UFO or alien encounters – these are often not threatening or unpleasant
  • recurring dreams for which you have no explanation
  • strangers opening up to you and sharing their life stories or intimate details of their lives, unprompted, and with complete trust
  • a strong sense that you are here to do something, to contribute something, to help in some way – this feeling becomes stronger over time until, if you haven’t worked out what it is yet, it becomes almost a sense of despair or desperation
  • saying or writing things without knowing where the information is coming from
  • performing healing, art, writing, music and other creative acts where you suddenly ‘know’ what to do, even if you have never been shown before
  • understanding animals, children or others with no voice to communicate
  • sudden strong emotions flooding over you that are totally unrelated to what is happening right now
  • knowing who is on the phone as it begins to ring without having seen a name or identifying number
  • having insights or understanding about a person’s health or mental health that later proves to be correct
  • having a deep sense of impending doom or distress hours or days before a dramatic world event

I’m sure there’s more that I could add to that list, but that’s a start…

Tomorrow I’ll share some tips for how to support yourself better if you identify as sensitive. It’s a normal, natural and beautiful thing, and your energies and abilities are very much needed in the world. Remember that!
Much love, Nicole ❤ xx

5 thoughts on “Are You A Sensitive, Intuitive, Psychic or Empathic Soul? Here’s a Checklist to help you find out!

  1. I ABSOLUTELY love this!! Thank you for this list! I’ve shied away from the psychic label mainly because it conjured visions of Madame Cleo and her “call me now” advertisements that my family would heckle when I was a teenager. Like you I received gentle guidance and while I’m still working on being completely open with my gifts, a post like this just make me grin and feel not so alone. Thank you, thank you thank you.

  2. That’s a very useful list Nicole, and it reinforces that a few good guesses on the incoming phone calls doesn’t really make me fit under this class of gifts!
    Kate xxx

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