OSSINING, N.Y. – Carla Blaha knows there will be skeptics who hear her readings in her Ossining home or at dozens of shops across Westchester and who won’t believe she can speak to the dead. But she said she knows one piece of evidence that tells her she has made people believers.
“Almost every time I’ve conducted a reading, I will see people crying and I’ll know that they believe,” Blaha said in the kitchen of her Ossining home, where she conducts many of her private readings. “If people are crying, they’re being healed, and I’m doing my job. I know it’s shocking and I honestly don’t know how I do it, but I can get messages from the other side.”
Blaha said her mother, a medium as well, told her at a very young age that she had “a sixth sense.” Several years ago, a close friend of Blaha’s died in her arms, and that moment, she says, “triggered me into mediumship.” Blaha says she then learned to develop her skill from various teachers throughout the country and has learned to vary her techniques, using tarot cards, blindly writing, phone readings and through speaking to large groups.
Blaha said she is never quite sure where a reading will go and the key is keeping an open mind.
“I love walking in cold turkey with 20 or more who have never seen me and I don’t know a soul. I want to not know people so I know what I’m getting didn’t come from me, it came from the other side,” she said. “It works both ways, too. There will always be people who won’t believe no matter what happens, but if people keep an open mind it becomes a lot easier to connect.”
While she does charge for private and public readings, many of Blaha’s appearances in stores throughout Westchester County are free. Opal Moon owner Christine McEwan, who also lives in Croton, said she has seen dozens of people experience life-changing events in her store.
“There are always skeptics, but I think people get out of it what they want,” McEwan said. “She doesn’t fish around for information, and she is really spot on with all of the things she says.”
Putnam Valley resident Diane Kness said that when she walked into a group reading to see Blaha she was more than a little skeptical.
“I don’t want to say I’m not a believer, but I honestly walked in thinking it was a joke,” Kness said. “I felt like because I didn’t know anyone in the group that it could all be a setup. Until she started talking to me.”
Kness said Blaha was able to describe intimate details of a fight she recently had with a family member and was able to give even more detail about her father and how, when and how long ago he passed away.
“It was shocking,” Kness said. “I walked out of there just stunned and wondering how she did that. She knew things that were really just impossible to know. She had never seen me before but she knew things that no one knew but me. The entire room was in tears because she really connected with everyone. It was unbelievable.”
For more information on Blaha and to see a schedule of her upcoming appearances, visit her website at believeandlisten.net.