Our memories make us who we are. Significant moments in time are captured like a snapshot in our minds, waiting to be revisited. Memories are vital to life, and being able to recall them in detail is a skill.

But have you ever thought precisely how you recall your memories?

You may see pictures in your mind’s eye, or you may recall scents or smells. Chances are you haven’t thought about which sensory modalities you use to recall your life.

The way that memories imprint in our minds links directly with our physical senses, and there are ways to increase your awareness of your experiences and ability to recall them.

In the following post, we’ll discuss:

  • How tuning into our physical senses can help us remember experiences,
  • How to correlate the physical senses with the 5 clair senses, and
  • How you can apply this approach to recalling past lives

How our Physical Senses Help Us Remember Events

We experience our lives through our senses—touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste. The smell of the ocean during a beach walk in summer, the feeling of cashmere while holding a family member’s scarf or jersey, the sound of a harpist playing during a fancy event—whenever our senses are involved in an experience, it is easier to remember them.

Going a step further, events that involve more than one of our senses have a better chance of being recalled. The more significant the impact, the higher the probability of recall. Using more than one sense heightens the effect. When an experience involves multiple senses and is composed of intense emotional or physical stimuli, we describe it as a memory cluster.

During an event of importance in your life, such as a wedding, funeral, accident, or graduation, you focus intently on the information presented to you. The experience inundates you with scents, songs, conversation, colors, pain, or pleasure. As in such instances, you are more likely to remember moments or days that carried life-changing effects than when the day was uneventful.

By reverse-engineering this concept, you can improve your memory and recall events easier.

To enhance your memory, add more stimuli.

How to Improve Your Memory Recall Using Your Senses

Give more attention to the moment and focus on the sights and sounds, how you feel physically and emotionally, and even add more stimuli such as biting into a lemon or feeling the texture of your clothing.

We remember our vacations so well because we have heightened awareness of our experiences. We try new foods, look more intently at the landscape, observe the people around us, and notice the differences in smells and the quality of the light. We bask in the sun, get thrills skiing the perfect snow, or try some new activity.

If you didn’t make a memory, don’t expect it to be there to recall.

We tend to pay less attention to the present in our everyday lives. Our minds are mapping out the future, analyzing relationships, or regretting something in the past. Without the focus on the present, we are not building memories. No wonder we have difficulty recalling past lives.

Imagine if you were so preoccupied in a past life that you were not filling your consciousness with memories. There would be little there to recall. I find that scary, yet in my work with past lives, exploring mine and helping others explore theirs, I frequently witness this failure to form memories.

How Our Senses Create Memories and Enhance Past Life Recall

While we have five physical senses of the body for experiencing the physical world around us, we also have several ‘clair’ senses that allow us to be aware of energies and access our intuition. These five ‘clair’ senses are:

  • Clairvoyance: seeing images
  • Clairaudience: hearing voices or sounds
  • Clairsentience: recognizing feelings
  • Clairalience: smelling scents
  • Claircognizance: knowing

We each have all the senses available to us, although we tend to favor one or two over the others. The three most widely accessed senses are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Our personal favored sense is an important distinction when recalling memories, exploring past lives, accessing intuition, and communicating with spirits. When my client struggles to remember a past life, the block may be that they are trying to see visions when they are primarily a kinesthetic sensor. Switching to their customary sensing modality does the trick.

If you have struggled to recall a past life, the same may apply—perhaps you aren’t using your primary sensing modality.

Let’s explore this further. First, you need to identify which sensory modality is your strong suit. See how you relate to these descriptions and if you can identify yours.


People who are primarily visually oriented tend to recall memories by describing detailed pictures, colors, and images.

People who rely on visual modality tend toward rapid speech, look up when remembering, and can easily create a picture in their mind’s eye. When intuitive, such people are often clairvoyant. You will hear them use phrases such as:

  • “I see what you mean.”
  • “Let’s take a look at that.”
  • “From my point of view…”
  • “He’s such a colorful person.”
  • “I have a vision of my future.”

Do you sense visually? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you look up when recalling?
  • Do you talk rapidly?
  • Can you easily visualize what others are telling you?


People who access memories primarily through auditory means are, as a rule, more sensitive to the information they hear. Rather than storing a lot of visual detail, they are more likely to remember events associated with a piece of music or a catchphrase they heard.

Those experiencing the auditory modality may learn concepts best by listening to a lecture rather than reading. Their intuitive sense is likely clairaudience, and they excel at listening to their spiritual guides. They tend to look toward their ears when recalling and will choose words that refer to an auditory experience. They may say:

  • “That sounds good to me.”
  • “I hear what you’re saying.”
  • “I know I need to listen to my intuition more.”
  • “There is a rhythm to my life.”
  • “That rings a bell.”

Do you lean toward the auditory sense? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you frequently look to the side when trying to remember?
  • Do you hear voices?
  • Can you easily recall the songs played or have songs in your head?


Kinesthetically-oriented people are “feelers” who rely heavily on their gut instincts and physical and emotional perceptions.

You may find them empathetic, have easy access to compassion, and use touch-oriented language. They learn best by hands-on experience, tend to speak slowly, digest information before responding, and likely look down when recalling memories. Their intuitive “superpower” is clairsentience. They may say things like:

  • “That story didn’t feel right.”
  • “I’m a little touchy today.”
  • “I was moved by their thoughtfulness.”
  • “I know it in my gut.”
  • “It struck me as a problem.”

Are you kinesthetically oriented? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you look down when searching for memories?
  • Do you rely on gut instincts?
  • Do you sit with a question or decision and answer slowly?

Improving Your Skills By Observing Others

For those who work with others, such as hypnotherapists, past life regression specialists, coaches, or healers, it’s beneficial to pick up on the subtle cues your clients share. These clues include their primary sensing modality.

This is an essential skill to practice so let’s make this even more fun!

When you’re in a conversation, pay attention to the other person’s eye movements. If you ask them, “How’s your new house?” and they look up, they’re considering the visual appeal, colors, art, furnishing, or landscape. If they look downward, they’re assessing the hominess, comfort, and energy. To test your sensory modality skills, track what they say next and see if it matches their eye movements.

Alternatively, in a conversation, pay attention to the people talking. Where do their eyes move, and what words do they use to tell stories and describe memories? Are they accessing the information from visual, auditory, or kinesthetic input?

Why does this matter?

Once you identify the sensory modality someone uses, you can align with them by using language associated with that modality. Communications will flow, and they just might like you better!


Storing memories is an essential aspect of life. It contributes to the quality of life and expands consciousness. With more memories filed away, you’ll have more to retrieve from this and other lifetimes.

You can remember your past lives, though you may need a little help. You remember better with focused attention and multiple sensory stimuli. We each have a primary sensory modality revealed in our speech and eye movements.

With diligent practice, everyone can develop each of the sensory modalities and hone their skills in reading those of others. Going a step further, as a hypnotherapist and past life regression expert, you’ll need to know how to use sensory modalities to facilitate memory retrieval for your clients.

If you want help remembering your past lives, book a private session with me. It may be easier than you think and you’ll learn so much about yourself. If you’re intrigued with the idea of becoming a hypnotherapist or past life regressionist, click here to learn how my courses can create an exciting career path for you.

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