Mediumship is an awesome and interesting gift. When you first start communicating with Spirit, it might feel like:
- You have no control over the information that’s coming through
- There’s no flow in you’re readings and you’re waiting forever for Spirit to give you more information (C’mon Uncle Bob, gimme something!)
- You have WAY too many Spirits coming through at once and can’t sort out who’s who and who’s saying what
When I started in my mediumship journey I had no idea that spirit communication would feel like playing a game of charades!
On top of that, I often couldn’t figure out which Spirit was giving which information… at times, I’d have up to eight Spirits sending me information all at once!
I felt like a waitress working in a busy restaurant with everyone shouting at me at the same time. Salt, please! Where’s my check? I didn’t order this! Is this soda a diet? I ordered a diet!
But then, I learned a strategy to ORGANIZE my mediumship. It’s called the CERT Method. And that’s when I came out of the chaos and into the clear.
I’m going to teach you the CERT method right now :)
How to feel more organized and in control when you’re developing your mediumship
The CERT method is very easy to learn and basically organizes your mediumship into four parts:
- Relaying the Message
- Tying it Up
What I recommend you do is practice this technique on friends or using some old photos of ancestors to get the hang of it. It takes a little bit of practice to get used to, but the more you use this method, the easier it gets.
(Remember to get centered first and set the intention for the highest and best good. Read: The Question You Need to Ask ALL of Your Clients)
OK, first things first. When you go to see a new doctor, what is the first thing that happens? Usually, a secretary hands you a clipboard with a form on it asking for basic information such as your name, address, and date of birth.
Establishing the “basics” about someone in Spirit is a great way to start spirit communication, too!
Link with the Spirit and focus on their characteristics. How do you do that? Ask them. Remember, spirit communication is just that… a form of communication between you and spirit. You’re totally allowed to ask them questions and get answers.
Characteristics in mediumship readings are going to be things such as:
- Hair color and style
- Approximate age
- Personality (in my opinion, personality is the MOST important characteristic)
- Body type (short, tall, lean, heavy)
I see a tall, lean man. He’s about six feet tall with curly brown hair. He’s got a gorgeous smile and was always the “life of the party”!
Evidence in a mediumship reading is super important. People want to know that you’re talking about their lean man with curly brown hair that was the life of the party – not just any Spirit that fits the bill.
Evidence includes things like:
- How a person passed away
- Their name and/or names of their family members
- How many children a person had
- What type of work they did
- What types of foods they liked to eat
- Experiences they had in their life
- Words or phrases that they used often (One of my clients laughed when her mom used the word “shenanigans” during her reading. Her mom used that word all the time when she was living.)
- Anything unique about the person, such as: Coin collector, had a butterfly tattoo on their lower back, loved the band Journey, etc.
Again, ask Spirit for this kind of evidence. Learning to ask questions will give you more control over your readings, and allow your sitter to feel as if they are having a visit with their loved one. It will also help your readings to have more flow.
Tip: You don’t have to ask Spirit questions out loud. Spirit communication is very telepathic.
3. Relaying the Message
Characteristics and evidence are important, but the absolute most important thing to pass along when working with mediumship is the message.
Characteristics help people feel validated that you have connected with the right Spirit.
Evidence helps strengthen this.
But relaying the messages from Spirit is what our work as mediums is truly all about – giving a voice to those in Spirit.
EVERY reading must contain a message. It’s the heart of the reading. Once you practice and learn CERT, you’ll have a good, strong link to Spirit and will be able to get detailed and accurate messages that can help your clients find comfort.
Messages can be heartfelt, have depth, and even be funny.
Ask Spirit things like:
- What do you want your loved one to know?
- What message do you have for your loved ones?
The sky is the limit when it comes to Spirit messages. Some Spirits may want their loved ones to know something about their passing. Others want to share special memories.
Here are a couple of short, heartwarming messages I’ve received during readings:
Say hi to Bobo! (the family dog)
Mom, please don’t worry. I was pulled out of my body before I was thrown out of the car. I didn’t feel any pain. I’m OK.
Here are a couple of funny messages that came through from Spirits who had big personalities:
Tell my mom I know she found the dirty magazines when she was in my room! (The mom burst out laughing and said yep! My son was never embarrassed about anything!)
Remember the joke about the cucumber? (One lady in Spirit said this to her elderly sister. I have no idea what this means and didn’t want to know! All I know is that my client smiled and burst out laughing! She said, that’s my sister!)
4. Tying it Up
Tying it up is easy. If you’re giving a one-hour reading, you want to start winding down the reading 5-10 minutes before the end of your session.
- Check in with your client to see if they have any final questions or concerns. Take a moment to make sure they don’t feel confused about anything.
- Check in with Spirit to receive final messages.
During the mediumship reading, you want to aim to give your clients a feeling that they’ve just had a visit with their loved one in heaven.
When the session is over, end with your “signature sign-off”. You might like to say something like:
- I leave you with the blessings of Spirit
- I leave you with all the love from Spirit
Me? I gently start winding down a few minutes before the end of our time together. I let people know that the spirit communication feels complete. I then ask them if they feel complete as well.
When the session is over, I remind people to drink a lot of water and usually (because I like to talk!) we take a few minutes making general chit-chat. For me, that feels really good in my heart :)
I hope you find the CERT method helpful, and that it takes your mediumship from chaos to clear!