What is Language? Our brains are astonishing. They are capable not only of experiencing the world, but of simulating that world. And actually, they don’t just simulate the world we live in. Our brains can simulate just about any world. That’s what imagination is.
Your "re-rendering" point is excellent - it's something I find jarring when I read prose like that, and something I need to remember myself.
I really like how you've compared the experience of reading (language intake) to that of a spell being cast, and couldn't agree more. In the past I've typically thought of this as "suspension of disbelief," and I don't think it's NOT that, but I think "spell" is more widely applicable. Because, I mean, to enter into fantastical worlds, for example, you've already suspended your disbelief. You've acknowledged that what you're about to read isn't your reality, and won't resemble it, at least in the mundane ways that realistic fiction will.
Anyway, thinking of it as a spell, to me, means that each story and its world casts its own individual spell, with its own rules. Once you, the author, start failing to deliver on the rules introduced (and agreed upon by the reader), the spell starts to break.
Happy birthday! Much joy and health to you today and in the new year of new you! Thank you for sharing such insightful recommendations. Each writing needs to make sense and be as clear as possible. Even when you introduce bizarro elements, they should make sense in that kind of realm.