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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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-Shyanne 2014-08-05 23:55:28

I dreamt that when I jumped in to the lake I was going deeper and deeper into the water I couldn’t kick or move. When I couldn’t hold my breath any longer I gasped for air and I could only breath with that one intake of oxygen. Then I woke up when everything went black & I had no air in my lungs. I don’t understand it.

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-Kyra 2014-09-07 20:54:54

I keep having dreams where I am not me, but someone completely made up and my significant other, who is also a completely made-up character, ends up drowning and I don’t find out until they are already dead.

What does this mean?
The only things that’s been stressing me out is that I’m struggling to get a job, and that seems like it wouldn’t really be related..

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-11 9:16:41

    Kyra – Life and death in dreams have very different meanings than what we feel about them in waking life. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/questions-2/#Summing

    However your dream is very interesting because in the view of dreams it is so true. I will try to explain. The person you call Kyra is a tiny thing and is part of something so huge and amazing that most people are scared of meeting it. Most people suffer enormous amnesia. For example you grew from a seed in your mother’s womb, and as it did so took you through the whole process of evolution, through the vegetative phase as cell division, then into the reptilian phase and up to the mammalian. Then you entered the time when you learned the amazing computer like program called language, up until then you were a little animal and you were living in the ‘unconscious’.

    Of course you feel it is not possible to remember such things but it is. We shut it out because we only use words and our conscious mind in remembering things. But our consciousness is the tiny part of us. It is our unconscious which is enormous and is the force of life that grew you, keeps your heart beating, and remembers every moment of your existence. Also seeds do not appear from nowhere, they have a massive history back to the beginning of life on earth. Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/ and http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/animal-children/#Program

    Reading those alone you must realise that most of who and what you are is made up out of language you learnt, the culture and beliefs it teaches, and parental influences. Perhaps also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#DualBeing

    That you are already dead and also what you say, “The only things that’s been stressing me out is that I’m struggling to get a job, and that seems like it wouldn’t really be related”, suggest to me that your dream self, your core self, is attempting to wake you up so you can access your massive potential. Also your core is always trying to grow you into the unique person you are. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/genius-2/ and http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/martial-art-of-the-mind/

    I feel your dream is pushing you to become more than you have been. Also I am not saying this to sell you a course, but because I too was in a hole and climbed out of it.

    Tony

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-Janet 2014-09-08 10:32:37

My dream wasn’t necessarily me drowning. It happened at a board walk per say, where my little sister slipped and fell into the ocean, I jumped to save her. The thing is that I can’t even swim which is horrible but the anxiety made me want to save her. I’m not what that meant, but it scared me a lot. Please help!

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-Kay 2014-09-15 2:29:24

My husband has dreamt twice that while we were crossing a bridge near our home we witness a car drive of the bridge and he into jumps into the water and saves a woman and small child from drowning. What does that mean? And what’s the chances of having the same dream twice?

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-18 7:44:26

    Kay – I believe it means that your husband is going through a change and he feels that what is happening is threatening the vulnerable members of his family.

    But his dream shows him that although he feels stress, it all ends okay.

    Tony

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-Mimi Burgos 2014-09-15 21:08:31

I had a dream last night of going on a honeymoon with my husband to the beach and we took our son who is a year and a half. We went to a tropical destination. My husband was taking care of our son while I had some time to myself. After a while I joined them on the beach and saw my son playing in the ocean by himself as my husband watched him. A big wave was coming his way and I screamed for help and no one could hear me. My husband held me from getting my son and said he was going to be okay. The wave came and washed my son away. I ran to find him, crying and screaming and still, no one heard me nor helped me. My husband didn’t seem to care about what was happening. He simply stood at the beach just watching me go crazy and his son disappearing. My husband would give his life for our son so why wouldn’t he in my dream?

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-Mimi Burgos 2014-09-19 1:20:06

I had a dream last night of going on a honeymoon with my husband to the beach and we took our son who is a year and a half. We went to a tropical destination. My husband was taking care of our son while I had some time to myself. After a while I joined them on the beach and saw my son playing in the ocean by himself as my husband watched him. A big wave was coming his way and I screamed for help and no one could hear me. My husband held me from getting my son and said he was going to be okay. The wave came and washed my son away. I ran to find him, crying and screaming and still, no one heard me nor helped me. My husband didn’t seem to care about what was happening. He simply stood at the beach just watching me go crazy and his son disappearing. My husband would give his life for our son so why wouldn’t he in my dream?

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-Tabitha 2014-09-21 4:49:23

I have reoccuring dreams of my daughters drowning. Its like natural disaster or s family outting and somehow they rnd up on the water and im trying to hold on to one of them or even both and i always lose them. After i wake up and cry because it feels so real.

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-22 7:13:16

    Tabitha – It seems to be, and because it is recurring, that you are a caring mother. As human we tend to bottle up all our anxiety for our child’s safety and are frightened of it. Your love and care for your baby can trigger your mothering instincts with a vengeance. Being female and a mother holds with it an enormously increased anxiety about the baby. They see all manner of things that might be a threat, and I believe that is what your dreams shows. Your imagination for such dangers is enormously increased. This is natural in all mammals.

    Tony

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-Jessica 2014-09-25 13:03:27

In my dream there was this huge pond but it was crystal clear and it seemed as though it was really deep. I remember looking down into this pond and watching the fish swimming at the bottom and then there was this huge fish. It wasn’t long but more roundish and looked like one eye was blown out and the other was cloudy. I sat by the water and then was in the water holding to the edge. My 2 year old daughter (who has a twin brother) came up to me and laid on her stomach in the grass and I held her. She kept falling asleep and her head would go in the water so I moved her up more. Then i dosed off in my dream and woke suddenly and looked for my son ,who was with family out of my sight prior, and I see him on a floatie in the middle of this water. Next thing he goes in head first and I want to go get him but in fear my daughter will also fall in and I put her on the raft that I now have and try to scream but I wake up. I felt so much anxiety and was crying when I woke up its like I felt like I couldn’t save both my children and I would never let that happen. Please help me and find the meaning of this dream.

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-09-29 8:23:13

    Jessica – The dream has two meanings. The huge pond represents your ability to be able to see into you inner, dream world. Also an ability to grow beyond your fears by actually meeting them and passing beyond them to a fuller life. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/what-we-need-to-remember-about-us-3/#DualBeing

    But unfortunately you were scared of your vulnerable feelings and so refused to take the opportunity. For your children are not about your children but about you – see http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/

    But the dream is about another thing apart from your own vulnerability, it is about your mothering instinct. As humans we tend to bottle it all up or are frightened of it. Your love and care for your child can trigger your mothering instincts with a vengeance. Being female and a mother holds with it an enormously increased anxiety about your children. You see all manner of things that might be a threat, and I believe that is what such dreams shows. Your imagination for such dangers is enormously increased. This is natural in all mammals. It is in no way a prediction, but simply a mothering instinct.

    Tony

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-Raven 2014-09-28 9:13:24

I dreamt I was walking on a lake of ice with my dad, uncle and sister. It wasn’t cold really, just night time and lightly snowing I ran off along a sturdy looking part (i think I felt happy/free) and looked across the lake to watch them walk out onto a cracked part of the ice and fall in. I think I shouted a warning but was too late/they were too far away. I ran to them, by now a snow covered wooden shack had formed over the hole in the ice. With my dad’s help I managed to get my sister out and then it all went a bit slow motion and although we tried to catch my dad he drowned and slipped under the crystal clear water. I screamed and screamed but no noise came out of my mouth. It felt like we all tried to help him but we should have tried harder, quicker, and that his drowning was utterly our fault. Then I was running around on the ice outside trying to find help unsuccessfully. I woke feeling lost/confused.

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-10-02 7:27:56

    Raven – A dream is often like a story, and the beginning of a story give meaning to what follows. In your dream you are with family and go off alone, feeling happy and free.

    That suggests to me that you were being independent, and in dreams we often kill off our parents as we become more independent. It is a way we can learn to meet life without their support – emotional support.

    Feeling lost and confused are the feelings we face when we are suddenly alone in the world. Fortunately it is only in your dreams, and dreams give us a chance to experience the difficult parts of life as practice.

    Tony

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-brendin 2014-09-28 10:46:27

I had a dream last night that where the beach tide meets the sand I knelt down to put my hair in the water because I have curly hair and the salt water makes it more curly. As I knelt down a unknown wave crashed and the suction of the wave was pulling me back toward the sea but with my breath being held and I feel close to dieing a hand (my brothers) appeared and pulled me out .

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-Melissa 2014-09-28 21:13:37

I had a dream I got my 11 month old son in the bathtub and I walked away to get a towel.. And came back and he was floating in the tub:-( it was awful!!!

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    -kelly 2014-10-06 14:18:06

    Melissa I had a similar dream last night my LO is nearly 4 and in my dream I left the room out of sight for a second (which i dont know why as its something i never do) and when I went back he was floating in the bath and was so cold it really upset me I couldn’t get back to sleep and the image wouldn’t leave my head it’s so horrible

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-Michaela 2014-10-02 22:11:43

I had a dream where I was swimming in a pool with someone I use to have a crush on. However, now he has a girlfriend and in my dream I guess he did too. Not wanting to disrespect her I kept my distance. In the pool I tried not to encourage any sort of flirtation, but he managed to get me to interact with him. He ended up rough housing with me and moving us into the deeper part of the pool. Somehow I ended up underneath him and it was like he was trying to be funny, pushing me down under the water falling deeper and deeper into the pool. It seemed as if he were under the influence. I knew I was going to die because he was so strong.One last time I tried to reach for help but then I consciously took in a big gulp of water as if it were air knowing that was it; my lungs burning. Then my dream faded away.

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-Chloe 2014-10-13 11:50:44

I had a dream last nyt I was trapped in place with loads ov water I lost my breath and fell as I can’t swim I just gave up my boyfriend said I was breathing very heavy n loud he couldn’t wake me up what is very scary I finally woke up in my dream what does this mean it really scared me ??

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-Cassie 2014-10-22 2:26:23

I had a dream that a group of plain clothed angels came to me and told me that I was going to die in November. They said very plainly that I was supposed to die in September but something went wrong, October was not the right time but November it must happen. They said I would drown and that I needed to make peace with that, tie up my lose ends, and tell everyone I loved them. I asked if it would hurt and they said of course it would then left me to go home.

I know better than to believe I’m going to die in the near future but this still left me uneasy. I just returned home in September from a summer long road trip and am now trying to decide what comes next. I feel that’s really what’s inspiring that dream but someone else’s insight would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you – Cassie

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-Kim E 2014-10-22 15:52:45

I hace a dream continuously where I am at a public swimming pool and just catching some sun. When out of the sudden there is a boy I’ve never met before and is albino is drowning. As I save him his face changes into a demon. What could that mean??

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