"You can't make this stuff up. It's unbelievable."
The Long Island Medium Theresa Caputo took the stage at UCF's CFE Arena Thursday night as she channeled spirits to remind participants that their loved ones are at peace.
More than 5,000 people filled the arena, which fell silent at 7:30 p.m. as Caputo began to speak.
"I don't know about you here in Orlando, but I feel the need to read," she said as the reading began.
There is no on and off switch for channeling spirits, Caputo said, leaving no room for downtime.
Before she addressed the audience, she explained that it is not up to her where she ends up in the arena; the spirits will guide her to the individual for whom they are calling.
The personal readings around the arena were displayed on a big screen to allow everyone to be a part of the experience.
As she sensed a spirit calling for an individual, Caputo walked up to sections of the audience, asking for the audience member who had a loved one pass from the specific tragedy, such as suicide, a car crash, a train wreck or cancer.
"I don't read someone's physical appearance or body language; I read someone's soul," she said. "I say whatever I sense, feel or see."
She said she wants spirits to communicate with their personalities, as that is "the best validation that they are OK."
During some readings, Caputo would speak toward an individual in the exact manner that their passed loved one used to speak to them. For those individuals, this was the reassurance they needed to move on.
Some readings were more intense than others, as Caputo would begin to feel as if she were choking, bleeding or drowning.
One audience member was asked to stand as Caputo felt a spirit was trying to reach out to the individual. As Caputo began to feel a choking sensation, she asked if the individual's loved one had passed from something that dealt with the throat. Holding back tears, the individual then told Caputo that her son had hanged himself.
To a woman sitting in the front row, Caputo looked at her and asked if her mother was shot. The woman cried and nodded.
When Caputo suddenly sensed a repeated thumping feeling, she walked to the right of the arena and asked the audience in front of her if a loved one had been run over by a train. In amazement, a young woman stood up and bravely confessed that she had been raped and run over by a train, multiple times, at the age of 15. Although she is still alive, Caputo knew that the woman had died, and come back to life — she was sensing the spirit that had died in that instant.
Caputo was also guided to the left side of the arena when she felt a sense of being covered by an object, specifically a boat. She asked a woman if she understood this experience, and the woman explained that she had lost her niece in a boating accident, where the boat had flipped over.
She then asked how the woman can relate to the number three, the color red and if she had a journal where she wrote about the tragedy. In unexpected tears, the woman said three other members in her family had also died, and she had been writing her feelings in a big, red journal that she just recently destroyed.
Through her readings, Caputo said all she cares about is that the individual understands that his or her loved one is at peace. She wants individuals to know that their loved ones are always with them — presenting themselves through any sign, feeling or even smell that reminds the individual of their presence.
"I can't imagine my life without spirit," she said. "There truly is more to life than there is in the physical world."
Rachel Stuart is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @RachSage or email her at RachelS@CentralFloridaFuture.com.