Dear Monachos Community
The gift of clairvoyance has to do with the person's relationship to the universe. I wondered what texts are available on this subject on this web site and what texts people would recommend and who has been shown to have this gift. I know of many but I would like to enter into active discussion of this topic.
I read an Orthodox account of a monk who became proud and decided that he should live as a hermit in a cave alone even though his abbot advised against this. He stopped praying because an angel of light (demon) told him that he had more important work to do so he was sent another angel that remained in his cave kneeling and praying for him ceaslessly. He also stopped reading the New testament but continued reading the O.T.
People came to him for spiritual help. One man asked what had become of his brother who had dissappeared 8 years before. The hermit turned away and waited for an answer. After many minutes, he replied that his brother had become a highwayman and during a robbery he was captured and thrown into prison. His leg was broken and he was not given medical attention so it healed crooked. If the man's family were to visit the prison they could free him for a sum of money.
The man was under prelest (demonic deception) and demons gave him his counterfeit clairvoyance. Here's how they did it. When the hermit was asked about the man's brother, the many demons that invisibly surrounded him sped off in every direction asking demons on the way if they knew the whereabouts of the man by that name. finally they found him in the prison and demons there described his recent history to the visiting demons. Then they sped back to tell the ear of the soul of the hermit what they learned. When God gives the gift of clairvoyance, He puts the words right into the mouth of His devoted servant and that genuine clairvoyant learns the answer as he speaks it.
Later on, the demons danced in the cave with the hermit and raised him high above the stone floor. The abbot in the nearby monastery was summoned by the Lord to hurry to the cave and save his former charge. When he arrived, he saw the demons holding the hermit's hands and spinning in a circle very high up. They dropped him to what would have been his certain death but the abbot prayed and used the sign of the Cross. The hermit lived but took many years in the care of the monastery to recover. He later acquired true humility for his folly and eventually received a blessing to live as a hermit. He then acquired true clairvoyance and helped people with God's blessing.