Interview: Deepta Roy Chakraverti
By Supriya Sharma | Published: 27th June 2015 10:00 PM |
The author speaks about her book, the Wiccan philosphy and living with her gift.
How does the Wiccan philosophy see the world?
I started imbibing the Wiccan tradition from my mother Ipsita from the time I was a child. It teaches one to live with strength, dignity and a sense of oneness with something greater than ourselves. Pagans of old would have identified it with elemental worship. Ipsita taught us to have an open mind, to understand the mystical, and the scientific, and many sides of every phenomenon. This Wiccan perspective, which I have seen from childhood, shows science and mysticism have no quarrel. Ipsita’s teaching has also spoken of how, like many ancient traditions of the world, physical death is not the end.
What made you write a book about your experiences?
Why does anyone write a book? I suppose it must be a creative urge.
To live with the ability to see the paranormal must be demanding as well as isolating.
I think it has become part of everyday life. It’s not that I can “see” at will. They “appear” rather, at their will. Other worlds and other dimensions are very much a part of reality. How much we acknowledge, and how much we fear and shy away from—that is the choice of an individual. I think a lot of people are in touch with the spirit world, but are afraid. However, more people are coming forward to talk about their experiences. Organisations like Spiritualist Association of Great Britain (SAGB) are pathbreakers. We should also have such organisations in our country, instead of being weighed down by superstition and paranoia.
What are you working on next?
It’s an exploration of power spots around the world, which people can even visit if they wish, and see for themselves whether the strange properties associated with these places are something they can feel as well.