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Drowning

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.

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


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-Shane 2015-05-21 11:22:01

I have had the exact same dream for as long as i can remember.. I am in a dark house which I own and there is one room in the house that I do not enter as I hear ghost and noises that get louder or scarier the closer I go to see or listen, I look inside quickly to see stairs that lead up to a dark door I quickly see polyegiest and shut the door… The reason that I am now interested is because for the first time last night.. I opened the door walked up the stairs opened the door to see a corridor where a girl was standing facing the wall with her hand up she looked at me and I ducked back behind a wall when I looked back she was gone.. I walk straight down the hall bang on the area she was standing and it reveals a bright white corridor that had all these rooms in it with people in white robes.. They explain that they scare people so they don’t find the secret white rooms.. Why after years and years of this dream have I walked into the room I was scared of and ended up in this place?
Regards shane

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-05-24 17:15:17

    Dear Shane – In general dreams recur because there are ways the dreamer habitually responds to their internal or external world. Because their attitude or response is unchanging, the dream that reflects it remains the same. It is noticeable in those who explore their dreams using such techniques as described under processing dreams, that recurring themes disappear or change because the attitudes or habitual anxieties that gave rise to them have been met or transformed.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/recurring-dreams/
    And so your habitual anxiety disappeared and you dared to look into the dark room.
    Good for you!
    When you dream of a house, you are meeting a hugely important and many sided representation of yourself. It is both many faceted and multidimensional.
    Although you cannot see it, your mind, along with your beliefs, has a particular structure or form.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-house-in-your-dream/
    Most of the things we are afraid of in dreams are things that we carry into the dream from our childhood. We are so programmed by what our parents fear or believe that we carry them into us and are haunted by them in our dreams. Obviously there are things to be afraid of in the outer life, but not in the world of our dreams where we are alone with ourselves.
    The colour white has an enormous number of different associations. Most commonly it depicts being aware with a clearness of mind.
    In certain dreams white is very threatening. Perhaps we have connections with hospitals in these dreams, and depict the anxieties and fear we have about illness or death.
    So why not continue to explore your inner house and what these white rooms represent?
    While awake and relaxed imagine yourself back in the dream and continue it as fantasy or a daydream and move it toward satisfaction. Alter the dream in any way; experiment with it; play with it, until you find a way to fully feel at ease with it. In doing this you must not ignore the feelings of resistance and spontaneous emotion and fantasy that may occur. Satisfaction comes only when you have found a way of integrating these into your conscious imagining.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)

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-Gabrial 2015-05-23 13:34:01

Okay, so I jumped into a pool with two other people in it, but it was the deep end. I hit the bottom and started spinning and I couldn’t stop. I also wouldn’t open my eyes for some reason. I was trying to save myself and I could feel myself getting closer to the surface, but I don’t think I was going to make it. Then, a girl pulled me up onto the edge of the pool, I barely know her. The dream ended there. ???

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-05-24 16:35:48

    Dear Gabrial – Jumping is about taking a risk; a leap into a situation that is uncertain.

    Please explore what you associate with these two other people who jumped with you:
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/association-of-ideas-with-dreams/#Working
    While you hit the bottom, you hit the lowest point or worst point and that could mean meeting some aspects of yourself (or others?) which you perceive as difficult to face or to admit, so you keep your eyes closed. It might mean that you chose not to look yet at something at the back of your mind – known but pushed to the back.
    Jumping in a pool together can symbolise the way you share an experience with these two people; especially the aspect of this relationship where feelings or influence permeates you from the people you are mixing with. For instance you might be part of a social group that starts using drugs and be influenced to join in drug usage.
    It will be helpful to explore why you started spinning (out of control?). Did you feel afraid at that point in the dream?
    If you take away the images and events occurring in a dream and simply look to see what feelings or emotions are evident, the dream is often more understandable than if you try to interpret the symbols. Feelings in dreams are nearly always undistorted. You therefore do not need to interpret them, simply to recognise them and see if you can recognise where they occur in waking life.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/emotions-and-mood-in-dreams/
    Help was offered you when you felt that you were not going to make it to the surface and once again it is helpful to explore what you associate with that girl you barely know, for it is this inner aspect of yourself that got you out of a situation that you perceived as overwhelming. So do trust that you have what it takes!
    It will be helpful to enter your dream again while you are awake and explore it for yourself, so you can digest and integrate this experience.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/integration-meeting-oneself/
    I think that the best approach is to use Power Dreaming; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)

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