It is very useful to pause every once in a while and use the magic of 'what'. As in "What is going on here?","What is this person really trying to say?", "What am I thinking or feeling?", "What can I do about this?",
"What are people trying to get me to do?". If you do this from time to time you may be amazed. Politicians put out slogans that don't actually mean anything but their followers blindly accept them as sacred truth. Sometimes even a wise magician may be buying into a slogan or bit of dogma, but if they ask what is beneath it they may find ways to grow in understanding. In personal communication it is important, also, to wonder ' what is going on?'. Anger may seem to be what is being expressed but the speaker actually is feeling afraid and vulnerable. In the public realm people don't always vote for their self-interest, it seems. But they feel a need to lean on their authorities so they don't question. They vote as they are told. It is hard for people to balance their sense of self as an individual with their sense of self as a member of a group. Only by asking 'what?' can a person identify their values and learn to move towards a satisfying life. People are as happy as they choose to be, but they don't always realize what choices they are making. I suggest to all wise magicians that you get to a safe and comfortable place and play with the magic of 'what'. You may be delighted with what you discover. May the spark be with you.