Perhaps we are so used to the idea of back and forth, in and out, to and fro, up and down, ebb and flow that we don't realize the magic in it. But pause a minute and explore this with me. We use dialogue to discover truth. We talk things over with our self by saying, "On the one hand...", "But on the other hand..." We believe that it is good to understand the two sides of an issue. Sometimes we only see the surface of something. Sometimes that surface understanding is blah or even negative. But if we rock or swing back and forth a bit we can get a different perspective. We may get deeper into the idea or we may get some needed distance. If we are in pain we can flow away from that pain to get a bit of comfort or healing. In fact the idea of ebb and flow is particularly useful when we are dealing with emotional pain. We may have begun to heal from something. We have told our story enough times that we are ready to leave it alone and go on. But we may fall into the trap of "dwelling" on part of our story and re-traumatize our self. But if we understand how to hold then release, how to ebb and flow, we recognize that it is well to move away from the needless pain.
Ebb and flow is not only useful in emotional healing. It is also useful in attacking those 'oh so overwhelming' problems or projects we give ourselves. Spring cleaning is terrible is we turn our homes topsy turvy all at once. But if we do one drawer, one cupboard, on closet at a time we get a clean house without too much stress. Take little bites of a thing. Go to it, then go away from it. I suggest to all wise magicians that you play with the idea of ebb and flow to get new ideas, new understanding, new comfort in your life. May the spark be with you.