Cultivating Abilities That Come With Access To The Higher Octave

You may make copies of this writing and distribute it in any media you wish, so long as you do not charge for it or alter it in any way. You must credit the author and include this entire copyright notice. While the text may be shared, no audio files, including lectures, music and/or sound meditations, may be posted on any site for any reason without written permission from the Power Path.

Recently, I have written about identifying and using the upper room as a tool to rise to the upper octave of awareness. Here in this article, we are going to go a step further by understanding that our senses themselves have an upper octave component. Now if this sounds confusing, don’t worry, I will explain what all this means and hopefully you will gain new understanding about your operating system and how to use it for higher level experience as a result. Some of you may already be familiar with the terms upper room and higher octave but some of you have not so I will give you a little review here so we can all be on the same page going forward.

The upper room refers to two things. The first is an actual physical location in your brain called the third ventricle located approximately three and one half inches behind your third eye, roughly between your eyebrows. If you draw an imaginary line between your third eye and the back of your head and another imaginary line between your ear tips, where the lines intersect, that will be where the third ventricle is. Physically speaking, this ventricle is a small opening in your brain that does not contain any brain cells. It is actually filled with a stream of cerebral spinal fluid bringing nutrients to your brain and removing toxins on its way out. The ventricle is connected to three other ventricles in your brain and they are all connected to one another via ducts or passageways like a little plumbing system in your brain. 

The third ventricle is important because it occupies a strategic location in your brain. Just above it and behind is the pineal gland and just below it and forward is the pituitary gland. Right nearby is the ocular nerve, the thalamus, the hypothalamus, and the corpus callosum that connects the hemispheres of your brain. In others words it is like a fueling station for some of the most important structures in your brain. This is the purely physical description of the third ventricle and function. 

The second thing the upper room refers to is its function on a higher level. This remains unknown to most medical doctors, neurologists, and scientists who study the brain but it is very ancient knowledge known to our ancestors and the great avatars. According to this understanding, the third ventricle also serves as a portal or a nonphysical entryway into the brain’s higher functions. Another way of putting this is that it is a portal to a much higher amplitude (higher octave) and therefore functions that serve a higher purpose as distinct from the ordinary functions that most people attribute to brain activity. Every one of the senses, hearing, touching, seeing, tasting, feeling, and smelling on an everyday level also have higher aspects to them: Clairaudience (hearing voices or perceiving higher communication), clairsentience (perceiving feelings), clairvoyance (perceiving subtle images), clairsentience (recognizing subtle feelings), clairempathy, (feeling others emotions), clairsentience (sensing smells) clairgustance (sensing tastes), clairtangency (psychometry, holding objects and receiving information from them) and claircognizance (higher knowing).

Now here’s the deal. There is a lot of confusion about how some people can be for example clairvoyant, able to see long distance or able to see very subtle forms that are not present to the eyes but can be seen like a vision within. To skeptics these people are seen as either lying, or just making things up. To idealists they are seen as having special powers that are like magic. To ordinary citizens they might be seen as crazy or touched in the head or they are just not understood at all. If a child says she sees an imaginary playmate the parent might say, “No, you did not. I do not want you to talk about this ever again.” There is plenty of evidence however that some people can see things others do not or see things that might not have a logical explanation. Even the military accepts the fact that some people are good at this and they are actually put to work as spies looking at enemy missile silo sites thousands of miles away. Let us look for a moment at some of the various special abilities that some people claim to have realizing that they are skills only associated with the higher octave. The higher octave is also associated with the higher centers, higher emotional, higher intellectual, and higher moving.

Keep in mind that some people have multiple abilities and others are strongest in one or two. All people have all of these latent on an essence level but only a few have opened them up for current use. Not everyone is physically wired up to use these latent tendencies because it might not serve some people to have access to them in the particular lifetime they are living. Sometimes having these abilities opened up too soon when the personality is not adequately prepared can be overwhelming and throw the person into chaos and disarray. In extreme cases these conditions may result in mental illness like psychosis. When you witness someone actually using these abilities usefully and in a grounded way, they are usually older souls who know how to handle the higher amplitudes. 

These are traditional names given to those with special abilities. Clair means clear and the following part of the word refers to the ability such as seeing, hearing, knowing and so on:


Clairvoyance is the power to perceive things that are not externally present to the eye or mind. Clairvoyants see visions, moving or still pictures, lights and colors, and receive information about these images. People with these abilities are said have a sixth sense and use the third eye located between the brows associated with the pineal gland. Often these people are referred to as psychics.


Clairaudience is the power to hear sounds that are not present in the external environment. These sounds are not heard via the actual ear drum but are heard mentally coming from an internal spiritual source. This is a common ability for mediums and those who channel entities, guides, or teachers from higher planes.  Sometimes they are historical figures from the past, causal plane teachers, or high beings from the future or other galaxies. 


This person has the ability to taste the essence of something in their mouth even though the source of that taste is not present. For example, they may taste an orange even though no orange is present and this taste gives them a key to something they are curious about or enquiring about like someone’s health or well-being.  A particular taste may give them a clue that someone has cancer or is about to travel. 


This psychic ability refers to feeling, specific physical sensations that are not related to their immediate experience. Those who are clairsentient can feel another person’s pain such as a headache or pain in the stomach and this can tell what is happening with the other person. 


Clairempathy is the ability to feel emotions that are other than their own. For example, they may feel death in a room where someone has died, sadness in a place where someone lived who was in a state of grief, or perhaps anxiety or anger coming from another person even though they have said nothing. They may feel the instability in a house where a dysfunctional family lived or criminal activities took place.


Clairtangency is also known as psychometry, the ability to hold an object (keys, a ring, a bracelet) in their hand and get information from it. Sometimes it may hold information about that person’s relationships, their general perception of life, or something in their future. 


Unlike clairsentience, clear feeling, 0ne who has clairscentence has the ability to sense smells like perfume, incense, foods, or flowers when there is no physical presence of any substance emitting it. These people can often interpret the smell’s meaning and use them as a kind of symbol system. 


Similar to clairvoyance, this psychic ability allows a person to know something without a logical explanation. It may arrive as a kind of gut feeling or a repetitive thought that won’t stop. People with this ability don’t necessarily see, hear, or feel something, but just know it without any doubt, as if it were a file downloaded to their mind. An example might be someone who just knows a plane they are about to board is about to crash and they cancel out at the last minute. 

In fact, people have been claiming to have these special abilities for ages. Are they all deluded or magically gifted. No, neither. They have merely tapped into some of the abilities that are made available when a person has been able to access the higher octave through the upper room. Many people have done this spontaneously and have stumbled upon these abilities without having been specially trained. However, there is plenty of evidence that people can be trained to develop some of these latent abilities. Some of the training programs are a bit clumsy but do help people to open up their abilities to see, sense and feel in a higher way. The truth is that if a person uses the more direct route and enters the portal in the third ventricle of the brain, they will be able to access the higher centers and higher senses that go with them more directly. Having experience with these abilities does help. For example, older souls are more inclined to be successful having learned about the upper room in earlier lifetimes or from a current spiritual guide or teacher. Older souls are generally not afraid of these anomalies unlike younger souls who may be terrified that these are demonic in nature.  Bear in mind that just because a person has access to these higher senses some of the time does not mean they are living there all the time. Often more development is needed. 

If you want to develop such abilities, begin to focus on the upper room more of the time and you will rise to the upper octave. When you meditate raise your eyes up with eyes closed and locate the 3rd ventricle in your head. Place your attention there in the upper room and just be aware of your awareness. This is just the jumping off place. The real upper room is not in your head and not anywhere physical. It is outside of time and space yet it encompasses your whole body and especially your heart, the home of the Self. Let us just say that the upper room is in the heart of hearts which is nowhere and everywhere.

Ask your guides, allies, spirit helpers to assist you in rising to the higher octave so that the process will be smooth and not destabilizing. Ask that you have integrity and use these helpful abilities only for the good of humankind. 

José Stevens

José Luis Stevens, PhD is the president and co-founder (with wife Lena) of Power Path Seminars, an international school and consulting firm dedicated to the study and application of shamanism and indigenous wisdom to business and everyday life. José completed a ten-year apprenticeship with a Huichol (Wixarika) Maracame (Huichol shaman) in the Sierras of Central Mexico. In addition, he is studying with Shipibo shamans in the Peruvian Amazon and with Paqos (shamans) in the Andes in Peru. In 1983 he completed his doctoral dissertation at the California Institute of Integral Studies focusing on the interface between shamanism and western psychological counseling. Since then, he has studied cross-cultural shamanism around the world to distill the core elements of shamanic healing and practice. He is the author of twenty books and numerous articles including Encounters With Power, Awaken The Inner Shaman, The Power Path, Secrets of Shamanism, Transforming Your Dragons and How To Pray The Shaman’s Way.

Upcoming Retreats & Events

Join us in person & virtually


Purchase, audio, courses, and more

Related Articles

You may make copies of this writing and distribute it in any media you wish, so long as you do not charge for it or alter it in any way. You must credit the author and include this entire copyright notice. While the text may be shared, no audio files, including lectures, music and/or sound meditations, may be posted on any site for any reason without written permission from the Power Path.

Your Cart
Your cart is emptyView Cart
Apply Coupon