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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.

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



-Sessi Condra 2016-05-23 19:06:57

The Dream That Felt Real:

Really all I remember..was that I fell asleep and that….it was pitch black but…blue, and i kept sinking and sinking i tried to swim up but something just kept pulling me down…then theres the last breath. And i thought to myself i dont want to go like this. And there i lay sinking to the bottom of the ocean never to be seen again..then i woke up just right after I had my last breath. There was a trail of tears coming down my face. It..felt..so..real..what does it mean? Does it mean thats going to happen to me one day?


-Elle Oliver 2016-06-08 16:20:36

Hello there. I had a dream that I was in a hot tub with my sister, she wanted to go to the pool so we walked there and I saw my husband. I jumped into the water next to him and could not figure out which way was up and began to drown. No one came to help, but eventually I pulled myself out of the water. I was choking and gasping for air, even as I woke up. What does this all mean?


-Sevara 2016-06-17 14:13:10

Last day I saw a dream that I was playing with my friends in the pool. Suddenly I started to drowning and none of my friends helped me. They were laughing at me.


-Johnny 2016-06-18 10:07:52

I had a dream I was on a latter and it was a pool under me and the latter slipped and I fell in the pool and the latter fell on top of me and I couldn’t move as a struggled trying to get free I couldn’t and I gave up I knew i was gone . What do y’all think this indicates?


-Lauren 2016-06-26 15:23:30

Could someone help me ? I had a dream of me being in the car with my dad and boyfriend and 2 people I didn’t recognize, we are driving to someone where not sure where and i keep saying about mud so i got out 2 mintues away so i walk to the places. I thought they should be there. I then hears the one person i didnt recognize calling me goes over and there car under water and my boyfriend was on a log and my dad was in the car I got him out the I was in the back of the ambulance with a baby and there was a little girl I didnt no with me then I woke up


-Lauren 2016-06-26 15:23:31

Could someone help me ? I had a dream of me being in the car with my dad and boyfriend and 2 people I didn’t recognize, we are driving to someone where not sure where and i keep saying about mud so i got out 2 mintues away so i walk to the places. I thought they should be there. I then hears the one person i didnt recognize calling me goes over and there car under water and my boyfriend was on a log and my dad was in the car I got him out the I was in the back of the ambulance with a baby and there was a little girl I didnt no with me then I woke up


-Sarah 2016-06-30 4:34:58

I had a dream where my brother was drowning and I would pull him up at the very last second; he would gasp then he would be completely fine and we acted like it was normal and he almost drowned about 3 times and I finally started freaking out then I woke up.


-MALINDA ISHAM-FOOTE 2016-08-11 2:40:58

I ռɛɛɖ ɦɛʟք ʊռɖաʀstaռɖɨռɢ a ɖʀɛaʍ ɨռ tɦɛ ɖʀɛaʍ I ɦaɖ sաօռɢ aċʀօss աatɛʀ aռɖ I ʟօօҡɛɖ ɮaċҡ aռɖ tօʟɖ ʍʏ ɮʀօtɦɛʀ tօ ċօʍɛ օռ aռɖ ɦɛ saɨɖ I ċaռ’t ɖօ tɦɨs aռʏʍօʀɛ.tɦɛռ I ċօʊʟɖ ɦɛaʀ ɦʊʀʀʏ ɦɛ’s ʄaɖɨռɢ ʄast .I աօҡɛ ʊք ɨռ tears


-Anita 2016-08-14 17:57:56

I had a dream where I was running away from some unknown disaster with a friend, we somhow got caught in a whole crowd of people and got stuck. Next thing I know there’s water everywhere and we all begin to sink. I tried to swim up but there was something keeping me in place. I was panicking so bad I ended waking myself up.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-08-19 10:53:46

    Dear Anita – Your dream may reflect the way you respond to difficult feelings; you rather avoid feeling them and so you run.
    Because you do not become aware of your feelings you end up feeling stuck and overwhelmed by them.
    Sometimes our dreams show us what does not work in our inner life, so we can decide to experiment with a different approach.
    Another approach could be to practice mindfulness; become aware of your feelings and “name them to tame them”; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/ and http://www.drdansiegel.com/about/mindsight/
    Anna :-)


-Taylor 2016-09-15 14:24:02

I had this dream where I was with this guy (not sure if we were in a relationship or just friends). He got sick with something which seemed like schizophrenia and I ended up committing him to the hospital because I couldn’t take care of him alone anymore. He said he wanted to see me one last time before he went away, at first I didn’t want to see him but I did anyways to calm his nerves. He lashed out and hurt people starting now a fire in the hospital. But eh time the police came he had already a dragged me down to the lake behind the hospital and I was drowning, fighting him under the water until I his under a concrete platform in the water because I knew e wouldn’t come get me there. He ended up being shot in the water and I could feel everything fading around me until someone quickly pulled me out. They didnt find his body.

My dream then jumped about a year or two in the future after I had spent some time away forgetting about the events of that night. I was either at university or a camp of some sort when we went down to the lake to play some games. It was my turn for swimming so I dove in when I couldn’t reach the surface of the water. Something was pulling me down and again I started to struggle and feel like I was drowning. At this point I was panicking so much I woke myself up but as soon as I fell back asleep the freak continued. I was in the change rooms having a shower and getting ready for the night. I didn’t do anything for a couple days but it reached Friday and everyone was going to the pit for drinks so I went along to have some fun. On the walls of the shed (the pit) were photos and news stories of the haunted lake, when I asked questions about why it was haunted I was told that the site that the university/camp ground was buoy on once was a hospital grounds however it was burnt down a few years ago and someone had reported died in the lake. It hit me that this was the lake I almost drowned in before, I wanted to go back to my room so I turned around and started walking, I couldn’t be here anymore. Then I heard a girl screaming. She had found, in the water, the body of the boy who I knew/ tried to drown me.


    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-16 12:28:14

    Taylor – Being pulling me down and again I started to struggle and feel like I was drowning, is a sure sign that you are not dealing well with life. In other words, you are starting to suffer stress, which can lead to feeling depressed – often symbolised in dreams as drowning.

    Whether we remember or not, each time we sleep we create on apparently real world out of our remembered impressions, habits, fears and emotions. Yet, because a dream is our own creation, no part of it, no emotion contained in it, no flight of fancy portrayed, is other than oneself. Even when we dream vividly of another person, the dream personality is made up of our own impressions, hopes and feelings.

    Also, 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 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.

    The boy who tried to drown you is most likely a traumatic incident that happen when you were young, which nearly downed/drowned you, because it felt like you couldn’t survive. Also a lake in dream language is the boundary between your conscious personality, and your unconscious self, the life processes that keep you alive but are not conscious of. So going into the lake is going into yourself, the parts of you that are below the surface, that continue to pull you down emotionally.

    You can do this consciously to find what trauma is behind it by using http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

    Or if that is too difficult to handle, use http://dreamhawk.com/body-and-mind/the-slow-breath/



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