Sheās never read a spiritual book. Doesnāt watch all those āI see dead peopleā movies. Nor does she follow paranormal stories or other mediums.
āIām a very sheltered person,ā she tell us.
Caputoās built her business on reputation alone and has a waiting list that starts taking new appointments first in January 2013. And the wait is only going to get longer.
TLC cameras capture her work in a new series titled Long Island Medium. I caught up with Caputo to discuss her new series and what itās like to be a psychic medium. Despite the interruption from my deceased motherĀ [see separate blog Ā Theresa Caputo talks to my dead mother], Caputo was forthcoming with her gift and howās she sharing it with others.
Discovering her gift began with the feeling of not belongingā¦ āI was in therapy. The therapist would tell me āTheresa thereās nothing wrong with you.ā And Iād say, āI donāt feel right.ā I always had this feeling of I didnāt feel right. Like I didnāt belong. I canāt explain it, it was like something is missing. I have my parents. I still have grandparents from the physical world. I had the most amazing childhood so blessed to have the family I have. My husband survived a brain tumor. I have two beautiful children so you would think that I have it all, why would you feel something is missing? It was my spiritual gift. It was my spiritual journey and path that I was missing. It had to do with my soul. It had nothing to do with anything else. Because once I accepted my gift that feeling went away. And I had that feeling for most of my life but could never understand it.ā
Caputo feels and hears spiritsā¦ āFor me I feel spirit. I donāt see the way we see here in the physical world. When I say I hear them I canāt explain it. I hear them but I really donāt. Itās more like a feeling for me. What was happening to me was that I could be in a store and I could be standing next to a woman and her husband passed of a heart attack. I would feel as if someone was laboring my breath, like I couldnāt breath. Thatās my symbol for someone passing by the heart, chest, lung area when they labor my breathing. So that was happening to me and I didnāt know what that was. Iād be in the store and all of a sudden I couldnāt breathe for no reason. So what I learned through meditation was what the feelings meant. Youāll even see me now, if I do a reading, I take a gasp for air and I wonāt freak out Iāll ask who passed from the chest and you can actually see them labor my breathing.ā
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Caputo experiences how a person diedā¦ āThey will bring me through their passing. So if someone has a question of someoneās passing, Iāll say to them āLook, do you really want to know what happened because theyāre going to bring me through it and Iām going to have to go through it? Iāll kind of feel certain things, so if there was a blow to the head, for a split second, Iāll feel like someone whacked me in the back of the head. I canāt explain it, Itās odd. Itās not scary because I know what it is now, but Iām able to control it now. I know what the symbols and signs mean.ā
It took Caputo a long time to say āIām a mediumāā¦ āReally to be honest with you, the past two years I really started feeling comfortable that when people ask me what do I do for a living that I say āIām a medium.ā You say that to people and right away they think Iām a fortune teller or Iām reading their mind or I know what theyāre thinking. Itās not like that. It took me a long time. There would be people Iād say that to and they would be likeĀ āOh, thatās weirdā or āSheās a weirdo, Iām not talking to her.ā Itās a topic of conversation but people are uncomfortable with death. It took me a long time to say āIām a mediumā or to hand out my business card to people.”
Spirits reach out to people who need themā¦ āIt amazes me for every reading I do. People who come to the events that I host and they arenāt expecting to be read, and they are the first ones that get read. You know. Because itās always about what we need. ā¦ What I learned about being a medium ā people leave the physical world a lot of times in a very tragic way and we might be wondering if they are at peace. Or if they are OK. What a beautiful gift of knowing they are at peace, and I donāt think you can put a price on peace and comfort, you canāt.”
Caputo considers herself a vessel for the spiritsā¦ āI really donāt think itās me. I really believe Iām just a vessel that allows them to do it. A lot of times a spirit will just validate for the person Iām reading whatās going on around them, what they are experiencing is real. And here I am able to validate that for them. Iām just a vessel that can validate for them that they are still with us.ā
Itās hard for Caputo to shut it offā¦ āTechnically, I could turn it off if I choose but how do you, itās there, itās just who I am. And thatās just how I look at it.ā
Spirits donāt always take their turns, a lot can come at her at a timeā¦“Well you know what, thatās what just happened. You kind of just bounce back and forth until they kind of get settled. Sometimes the people Iām reading are nervous. Sort of a lot of little things before we get started. Yes, things can get confused, and more than one souls do speak at one time. And you kind of got to settle them down a little bit.”
And, yes Channel Guide readers, spirits do hear you!… āOh yeah, they hear me. They hear you!ā
Communicating back to spirits has it challengesā¦ āUmm, I know this is going to sound stupid but I canāt tell you. It just happens. How did this happen? I didnāt ask for what happened. It just happens. I know that sounds silly but like I donāt physically say, and you can witness it through the way I read, I donāt go āOK, wait a minute, let me ask them this. I may say āwait a minuteā because Iām telling them āyou sit down, you go to the back to the room, you step forward.ā Itās almost just a subconscious thing that happens that I do. To be honest with you, I cannot explain it. I canāt. This is just the way that I am. It just happens.”