Words Are Magic

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Language and magic often appear to be inextricably linked in fictitious universes.

Every time one of our favourite characters casts a spell, it is accompanied by an incantation, mantra, or “magic words” that seem to have the ability to control nature and change the way reality works. We seldom ever discover the source of the magic words’ extraordinary strength. For instance, there isn’t much explanation in the Harry Potter novel as to why some words seem to be packed with magic potential while others aren’t. Even while this magic is not fundamentally supernatural, words can have a magical character. The way we say to ourselves and to others can be as harmful as the most heinous curse or as alluring as the most profound enchantment.

The study of social psychology, communication, and interpersonal interactions is a major focus of psychological practise. An evolutionary human tool for communication is complex language. Between individuals, words have a magical power. It is easy to create a plausible image in someone else’s mind by using words carefully. We may reliably communicate an image or notion from one person’s mind to another by thoroughly describing an object. In other words, with only the power of words, one may conjure up an illusion or a hallucination of an item. Not just the descriptions we provide to things, but also the thoughts and beliefs they convey, are the most potent uses of language. We have the power to completely alter another person’s understanding when we are able to effectively convey a set of ideas or beliefs to them.

In this sense, words have the power to alter lives. You never know when you could come upon a concept or a conviction that is so illuminating or inspirational that it leaves you feeling as though you can no longer view life in the same way. I’m not talking about new age concepts like manifestation and affirmation or pseudoscience like “Neuro-linguistic programming” (NLP). Words have the capacity to be infused with actual, palpable power. For instance, there used to be a prevalent belief among people that the Earth was the centre of the universe. Each person seemed to be more important and play a crucial role in the mystifying plan when it was believed that the planet we live in is at the centre of some cosmic drama.

What if the cosmos did not revolve around the Earth? What if the sun were just hurdling through space without a clear goal and the universe were huge and uncaring instead of the earth rotating around the sun? When we are no longer under the cosmic limelight, where does it leave us? This might not alter your life from one day to the next. The east is still where the sun rises and the west is where it sets. The way we see ourselves in relation to everything else is altered by this new viewpoint. Living in two completely distinct realities means choosing between one in which we are the centre of the universe and one in which we are cosmically irrelevant.

Many people spend excessive time crafting the perfect words in the ideal order to cast the ideal “spell” because they are vaguely aware of the power of words. They believe that if they can simply say the right thing, it will persuade someone else enough to alter their perspective. Think of a discussion between two persons who are entangled. Each party tries to convince the other by laying out their arguments on the table. The issue is that neither of the two people involved in the argument has altered their beliefs, hence it is impossible to objectively determine who has “won” the debate. Even when we can witness two persons utilising language expertly, the enchantment doesn’t appear to be there anymore.

Many individuals move around the world using words as blunt instruments in an effort to influence, persuade, and manipulate others. Their verbal communication here is only a means to a goal. Like two persons disputing for fun fail to actually influence each other’s thoughts, words lose their mystical quality when they are used only as instruments for manipulation. Many people find it difficult to comprehend this since they have been taught that the goal of language is to “get what you want.” The majority of the time, the only reason we speak, write, or send emails is to express our needs and wishes, and words are the fastest way to do this. Therefore, it nearly always appears to lack a magical element when most individuals convey it.

When words are used as a means in and of themselves, magic happens. When communication and connection are the only goals of using words, then those words have the power to work magic. Concepts, opinions, and ideas can suddenly take on a life of their own when two individuals discuss them for their own purposes rather than in an effort to persuade, influence, or dominate the other person. When you talk and communicate with others honestly, using words for their own sake, they are enhanced. The enchantment is lost the moment you try to use words intentionally to influence others. “Magic words” are created by your words.

Think about the discussions that you find most interesting. These are the sadly few occasions when two individuals are just conversing, exchanging ideas, and showing interest and inquiry without passing judgement. Those who possess the magic of language are able to express their views clearly yet aimlessly. They can use words to construct a vivid image, just like a piece of art on display in a gallery, but they can leave the words themselves up to the other person’s interpretation.

People who are adept at infusing magic into their words are frequently regarded to be unusually smart; they have had unique lived experiences that have taught life lessons that are difficult to obtain in books. They seem to be reliving the events as they explain them to us when they talk and exchange thoughts. The words acquire a magical character when someone relates a poignant tale, a unique experience, or passionately defends the findings of their study. Empathy is the key factor. Magic words help people to empathise with us; they let them adopt our viewpoint and momentarily see the world from the perspective of our particular worldview. It is hard to empathise with words when we use them as brutal tools to achieve our goals, but when communication is a magical act and not just a means to an end, words take on a life of their own.

In her book “On the Problem of Empathy,” philosopher Edith Stein describes empathy as “the basic form in which other embodied, experiencing subjects are given to us.” In other words, empathy is the sensation we experience when we see and become cognizant of another person’s consciousness. Most of the time, we think of other people as “strangers” who should be avoided, disregarded, or only dealt with in order to achieve our goals. We “objectify” other people when we view them as “objects” or “things.” However, we immediately “empathise” with them when we find proof that other people are just as conscious as we are; that they have their own mind, “soul,” and lived experiences that are just as vivid and complicated as our own. They become a “subject” instead of just a “object,” and Stein claims that this understanding of another person’s subjectivity is “empathy” in and of itself.

When others can relate to us on an emotional level, both ways, it creates a bond that sticks with us. These magical interactions frequently alter our perceptions of the universe in subtle ways, for better or worse, as enchantressing insights or dreadful curses. This is an undoubtedly fanciful theory, but it seems there are many aspects of human relationships, communication, and the power of words that we are unable to fully explain. Decades of studies on the effects of psychotherapy have shown that even the most basic true connection with people may be healing, restorative, and therapeutic. The most effective “magic” of therapy for treating depression and anxiety is the connection itself, despite the fact that psychologists have tools, ideas, and frameworks that govern treatment.

As a result, the enchantment is not just in the words themselves or their pronunciation. Magic is not the capacity to “get what you want” out of each discussion or relationship, nor is it the art of manipulation or persuasion. The beauty is in the fleeting but significant windows of empathy that we and others provide to one another. We have the potential to transform the people and the environment around us when we speak with genuine authority, viewing our truth through the prism of connection and lived experience.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. sicetnon3 says:

    Perhaps the power of the words depend more on the intent of the person using them than the words themselves

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    1. GS says:

      Absolutely

      Liked by 1 person

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