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This is such a common dream and has been answered hundreds of times, we first ask you to look through the many answers given in Drowning – Many Replies Hopefully you will find an answer to your own drowning dream

Because of the water, drowning depicts fear of being overwhelmed by difficult emotions or anxieties. But this might apply not to dangerous emotions or urges, but to natural urges such as eating, loving or sex, that some people have enormous conflicts about. Drowning in a dream is also about struggling to survive as a person, so it applies to your identity as it is dealing with relationship with other people, but also with your own internal world of instincts, body activities and needs.

This is about being or feeling overwhelmed by something. One can ‘drown’ in sorrow for instance. So you need to look at your waking life to see what you are feeling threatened or burdened by and see if there are ways you can deal with it. If someone actually drowns in the dream it may mean some of your feelings, your creativity and responsiveness are no longer ‘alive’. But they can be brought back to life if you care for that side of yourself. Sometimes it is simply anxiety we drown in, and much of anxiety is about situations we imagine. Separating what is imagined from what is real can help this.

Whenever we dream its images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen, so that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so, all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

But such fear can be caused because if undealt with traumas from childhood are not faced, or by being exposed to awful film images that you believe are real. Read Life’s Little Secrets and Martial Art of the Mind

If you feel you are struggling to you ‘keep your head above water’, do not give in for it is only emotions you re facing, not reality.

Water and drowning often indicates you are facing the unknown changes and so are afraid. But in dreams we can never die or even be hurt, for we wale without real hurt except for our feelings.

Dreamt about someone else: May occasionally show Your apprehension about their health or well being, having the suggestion of death or breakdown.

Example: ‘I fell into a pond. My brother was frightened to be by himself so he jumped in. We were both drowning in the water and we shouted out for Mum. My brother drowned.’ Poppy S.

Poppy dreamt this while feeling insecure and anxious due to her father being seriously ill.

Example: I had been dreaming about sitting on a sofa with my friends – well watching horror movies, when suddenly everything comes to live. I was afraid of the ghost that had been drowning with her husband in the movie comes to haunt me. I asked the ghost sister to help and she passes me a necklace with can protect me. And suddenly the ghost appears and told my friend she was pretty. What does this means?

It means that you need to understand how your mind works. It means that you have nothing to fear about ghosts. As the ghost that appeared showed you, there was no harm in it. Dream images are like images on cinema screens – harmless unless you are haunted by your own fears. But the dream also shows you that whatever you believe in becomes a fact. I mean that the necklace gave you confidence, and in fact the necklace is only a crutch for your confidence. But we need such things until we can deal with our own emotions. See Facing Fear

Idioms: drown your sorrow; if you’re born to hang, you won’t drown.

Useful questions:

What powerful emotions or changes am I dealing with?

Am I feeling overwhelmed by something?

Can I define the strengths and ways I use to deal with threatening feelings?

Do I feel as if I am ‘drowning’ in a situation or relationship?

What is it I am feeling overwhelmed by recently?

Is this someone else drowning – if so what facet of me do they represent?

What resource or person could help me survive in this situation?

Another person or animal drowning still suggests it is an aspect of your own personality you need to care for.

Whoever or whatever it is, imagine yourself back in the dream and save them. If necessary imagine rescue services coming to your aid. In doing this you are using imagery to shift your feelings and anxieties.

All water in some way signifies your own inner world of feelings, but the sea often suggests meeting urges and wisdom lying beyond the boundary of your conscious mind. What is it you feel in the sea or river? Try putting it into words.

See Associations Working With; Techniques for Exploring your Dreams; Avoid Being Victims; Secrets of Power Dreaming



-Bailey 2017-01-13 20:41:36

Hello there, so the other night I had this dream where I was stuck inside an abandoned house trying to run away from someone. I think it was a murder that broke into the home or something like that. Well when I escaped the house I stole a vehicle. As I was speeding through the forest I went over this huge hill and somehow I had fallen out of the car and I was being tossed into the air over a cliff on the ocean. As I was starting to fall towards the water I looked down at what was bellow me only to see a huge submerged man made building of some sort in the water. (In awake life I do have a fear called submechanophobia where you are terrified of man made objects submerged under water, anyways.) So other than the building there are some large islands that I thought I would have fallen and hit my head on but instead I landed in the water, instantly I knew there was something sunken beneath me. As I sunk to the bottom of the ocean I just gave up and thought “welp, this is it. I guess I’m either going to drown or a large creature will come get me.” But just as I was about to hit the bottom I started floating back to the surface, but woke up right before I did.


-Torrance 2017-01-14 5:04:03

What if you dream you’re drowning someone else like it’s not you but someone that’s helpless?


    -Tony Crisp 2017-01-14 10:14:00

    Hi – I must take time to upgrade the dream dictionary, so must halt from answering your posts – I started revising the dictionary in 2006, and haven’t neared the end yet. I believe someone else may start giving interpretations.

    So, for a while I urge you to read http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/i-am-no-longer-interpreting-dreams/ – It describes ways that can help you. And often it would help too if you looked at http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing


    Don’t be fooled. We make out we are doing it to someone else because we don’t like admitting the awful things we do to ourselves. I dreamed Germans were attacking me, and it took ages for me to face the truth that I was doing awful damage to myself.


-Adela 2017-01-29 19:26:17

I don’t remember much…
But I was dreaming and I some how ended up with a boat next to the coastline (that was parked on land or out of the water next to a pier). My only son and child was on this boat with me. For some reason, I left the boat…
A HUGE storm came…
I could not get to my son. I somehow ended up with my fiancé and we were arriving to his mother’s house. We walked in to his mother listening to her voicemail message and it was my son. He was uncontrollably crying and unable to catch his breath. He sounded as though he was drowning.
My fiancé ‘s mom had a look of fear and my fiancé looked at me with a fear and concern in his eyes.
Then an overwelmingly sensation of FEAR swepted over me. I became extremely terrified and yelled out to go save my son! Somehow my son must have found a phone to contact help, while left on the boat. I also, somehow forgot about him.

I woke up immediately after that and started histarically crying.
So I ended here, trying to figure out what this nightmare ment.


-Triana Cullen 2017-02-14 1:55:35

Help!! I have had the same nightmare on and off for the last 2yrs (since my daughter was born) I dream of her drowning, sometimes it’s a pool, sometimes it’s a lake, it’s even been the bath tub. Now I am a very strong swimmer and love love love the water. My daughter also loves the water, and we have never ever had any type of water accident with her or anyone in the family (I don’t even know anyone who has drowned) I want to get her swim lessons this summer, but this nightmare thing has me so scared! The details and her clothing are clothes that she has and even currently wears right down to the sneakers. Any idea what this nightmare might mean or be or how to make them stop???


-Sara 2017-03-05 15:10:55

Hi so I had like 5 dreams with the guy I like and in the 5th one I was drowning and my friends where drowning too (they were all girls) then all the guy ran over me to save the others amd I was drowning and no one helped me


-Jennie 2017-03-22 10:22:24

I used to go abroad with 7 friends on a golfing holiday. I have now moved and also given up golf. I dreamt last night I was away golfing with them and whilst waiting for taxis back to airport one of the women and I decided to go to loo. There were two doors side by side to leave reception area of hotel. She went through left one straight into pool. I laughed at first then realised she was drowning. I called fir help but my voice was weak. I think my friend drowned. Strangely she was wearing clothes very similar to my work skirt and jacket???? What does all this mean? I haven’t seen her for over 3 years.


-ken 2017-05-26 23:09:00

hello i had a dream that someone is nearly completely drowning because of me, and other people saved him from drowning


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