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Certificated Psychics – The Cert Rule

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. On this site we have a number of psychics in the Chat Rooms who are permitted readers. Some of these are certificated psychics who have been given a certificate of aptitude at our psychic seminars held by ‘Rainbow’s End’ – based in Darlington UK.

A certificated psychic has to pass a number of tests of aptitude. One of our primary expectations when doing mediumship is that they follow the CERT RULE. This was explained in detail in my book ‘Opening to The Other Side’ (ISBN 1-4027-1346-0) Below is an extract that will help our developing mediums to understand the basics of the CERT rule that can be used by professional mediums or when learning in the on-line chat room classes.

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CERT is a teaching method used by many mediums and one we apply at my online psychic school. The term was coined by my good friend and superb medium Stephen O’Brien, who speaks about it in his book The Power of Your Spirit. CERT is an acronym that stands for the four elements that make up a good reading, and when used as a tool for demonstration, it determines a sensible order in which these elements can be presented.

The CERT rule can be applied during one-on-one consultations but becomes particularly important when demonstrating to an audience. CERT is a simple way to package your mediumship so that the message is clear and has structure. It will make it much easier for the recipient to identify the spirit communicator and it gives you a framework to guide your mediumship. Not all mediums use this method and I, too, will often work in completely different ways to this, but it is certainly a good way to get started and is a reliable method that is often in the back of my mind when demonstrating.

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CERT stands for these components:

C = Communicator
E = Evidence
R = Reason
T = Tie it up

C = Communicator

As I have said often in these pages, the objective of mediumship is to prove the survival of the human personality after death. Therefore, it is important that the recipient knows which spirit is communicating with him or her. Normally this is a relative, a loved one, or friend who is well-know to the sitter and easily identified. However, sometimes unexpected people come through, such as old school friends, acquaintances, or relatives with messages for people you know. Sometimes two spirit people, such as a married couple, will try to communicate with the medium at the same time, causing a crossed line that can be confusing to sort out. If we can establish exactly who is giving the message, then there is much less room for confusion.

My mediumship has developed to the point where I can usually give the Christian name and surname of the spirit communicator, but this is not always the case—and certainly was not the case when I started out. If we do not know the communicator’s name then we need to build the identity of the spirit using other pieces of information. I have covered some of these points already, but it does no harm to summarize the essentials.

You will probably be aware from the onset if the communicator is a man, woman, or child. This may be the first information you give. You may also add details about the spirit’s appearance: height, weight, and build; colour of hair, skin and eyes; age; and any other details that come to you. Most significant is that you may sense how the spirit died and what illnesses were dominant at the end. This is important because the illnesses at the end are among the most enduring and upsetting memories the recipient has of the person who died. From this information you will know if the spirit communicator is a friend or a family member. Using clairaudience you may also intuit their name, but do not worry unduly if this does not come. This is the icing on the cake, the important thing is that you have established who is communicating and everyone now knows from whom the message is coming.

E = Evidence

You have established the communicator, now you can punch the message home. This is the point where you can ask the spirit to give you further evidence that he or she is really the person he or she claims to be. All sorts of information will be given to you by the spirit communicator to help qualify who they are. You may include information about their mannerisms, idiosyncrasies, and events happening in the family or in the recipient’s life. You will talk about shared memories and perhaps recount memorable events from the past, some of which may be very personal and known only to the recipient. There will also be things you will say that make no sense to anyone listening but are very important to the person receiving the message.

If you give exactly what you are given by the spirit communicator, your messages will be filled with tremendous detail and accuracy.

R = Reason

Now that the proof has been given and we know that it really is the spirit of the loved one giving the message, we now ask the spirit to tell us the reason they have made the link today. The reason may be quite simple, such as to give emotional support, to give hope and comfort, or to let the recipient know that they are not alone and that their loved ones in spirit are aware of what is happening to them.

While the primary focus of all mediumship is to provide evidence that the human personality continues after death, sometimes the spirit communicator will also give a bonus and advise the sitter about issues and situations surrounding them. In a private consultation this may be detailed but in a public demonstration this may be abridged to a few simple messages of hope and reassurance and simple advice about what is best to do. This information will not include predictions about the future.

T = Tie It Up

Now you need to conclude your reading so that you can move on to the next person. Every reading is like a short story with a beginning, middle, and an end. By tying up the reading with a simple conclusion it gives everyone watching a feeling of satisfaction that there has been resolution. If there are any loose ends, such as parts of a message that were not initially understood then now is a good time to sort these out.

The conclusion of the reading needs to be concise: It may be simply a message from the spirit communicator to say “I love you.” However, since people tend to remember the first thing you say and the last thing you say, I try to make the conclusion strong. I usually include a précis of some of the most evidential facts that have already been accepted, such as the name of the communicator and the salient facts I have discovered about him or her. For example, “You father, Charles Kinsley, sends his love to you and wants you to remember some of the things he said today by way of proof, such as  . . .  He also brings forward the love of the others who have linked today, including Betty Williams from the dairy, Fred Chapman, who had the bad legs, . . . ” and so on.

This hammers home the evidence and gives a summary that will be remembered. Then end by asking the spirit for an uplifting message of hope and relay this to the recipient. In this way you leave the link on a positive note, you hold the audience’s attention, and the energy remains high as you move on to the next person.

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If you are hoping to develop to become a professional medium then you can learn at our on-line psychic school. We teach the basics of CERT as well as helping you to become a fully certificated psychic.

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CRAIG HAMILTON-PARKER is a celebrated psychic medium who has confounded skeptics by the uncanny accuracy of his readings. Craig is the author of 15 books and together with his wife have their own TV series.

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