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Drowning

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


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-Kassandra 2017-09-02 23:43:22

In my dream, I was with my friends at the beach and we were all swimming and fishing. I was talking to one of my friends when suddenly I was the only one by the water. Then the rest of my friends were saying it was time to move but I asked them why before suddenly I was just sucked into the ocean. I remember vividly trying to reach for someone and they were trying to reach back. Someone grabbed me but then we were both sucked out and I was trying to swim back before water just collapsed over me. I was trying to kick to the surface but it was like I inhaled water in my panic and instead I blacked out (in my dream). I ‘woke up’ to my friends on the beach and there was apparently a storm coming and we needed to get out. When I really woke up, I realized I had been moving around like I was trying to swim to the surface of the water.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-09-04 10:04:00

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Kassandra – Several things were happening to you at once, and you need to understand them. For you had a panic attack in the dream when you were scared of drowning.

    First though you need to realise that 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.

    Also we often to carry into our dreams the same fears that apply to outer life, but in dreams we cannot die, drown, be shot or hurt in any way. But we can terrify ourselves with great fears. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/masters-of-nightmares/

    You need also, to understand your dream, that your personality is a tiny thing which has always upheld by the process of Life that keeps you alive. Whenever we dream all our voluntary muscles are paralysed. That is fine while we are dreaming, but if we become slightly awake or lucid we or often scared that we have lost control. Such fear of being in control shows how out of touch with our unconscious or sleep self, so we fight for control. Yet our sleep or core self is what keeps us alive, and because of the often ridiculous things we tend to believe or live by, our core self has to regularly – whenever we sleep – takes full control to balance our life again. So, we have two levels of will, our Awake Self Aware Will, and our Life Will which is huge and often scares people when they begin to be aware of it.

    Well, the sea in our dream is the huge ocean of awareness I have called Life Will – the force that created you from the tiny cell in you mothers womb. Individual human consciousness is like an island in a huge ocean in which there are countless other islands. Above the surface of the water, is like individual waking self-awareness. In this there is a sense of separate existence, with definite boundaries where the shore meets the sea. Beneath the surface however, one island is connected to all other islands. The land stretches away under the waves and rises here and there into other islands. So, it is thought, personal awareness, beneath our everyday consciousness, shades off into a connection with a collective unconscious we all share. Through this connection we may be able to arrive at insights into other people otherwise denied to us.

    Being sucked into the ocean is the force of growth which I mentioned above – from the tiny cell in you mothers womb – it grew you and wants to help you to become aware of more. Taking you under the surface was exactly that, for you were taken beneath the surface of your mind into the depths that exist within you. When we begin to meet the Hugeness that we are, we often react to it in our dreams or in waking with fear or panic. So we dream of being attacked by aliens or frightening creatures; or being swallowed by the sea or a whale or something huge, a tsunami, or even possessed by evil entities. If we realise that they are things we have created through our own fear we will pass on.

    The coming storm is a massive release of energy within you which is a way of discharging emotions or energy that was pent up and leads to further growth.

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-lewis 2017-09-16 5:46:28

in my dream i was at a swimming pool,i jumped of a diving board into the water but when i got into the water i couldnt get back up. i was wafting my arms up and down but that didnt do anything i even put my hands out of water next to some one but they didnt care.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-09-18 11:20:05

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Lewis – I am not sure whether you meant you were under the surface of the water, or that you couldn’t get out of the pool?

    If it was that you were under the water – in dreams it mean you have gone under the surface of your conscious mind, into your unconscious. I mean y this it is an area of ourselves that for one reason or another we cannot easily be aware of or see. This is understandable in that from an evolutionary standpoint self-awareness is a very new and quite fragile thing. It is very vulnerable and in our times and culture breaks down very easily. If we look around immense numbers of people need anti depressant or alcohol to survive.

    Also most people are not aware of their unconscious, so wouldn’t be aware of your struggles. Many people as their awareness reaches beyond what they feel is their normal self feel scared. Such resistances cause us to create awful dreams and fears as a means of avoiding our own inner world and its wonders. We feel that we will be swallowed up and we will die. It is important to say that when we meet the experience of powerlessness through becoming aware of the hugeness of your Life, which we are usually unaware if, it feels like something alien or attacking and it is a shock. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/waking-awareness-versus-unconscious/

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-Annika 2017-10-02 11:55:21

I’m not really sure how it began but a friend and I were teaching someone else how to swim in an Olympic pool but you could not see the bottom, like the ocean because it was so deep. I walked around the edge of the pool, teaching the person how to swim while my friend was in the pool also, I could see something swimming in the bottom, fish, or penguins or soemthing. I dived in but it was as if I had weights on my feet and I was paralyzed, I watched as my friend tried to grab my arms and I slipped through their fingers and into the deep, I woke up hyperventilating but I couldn’t breathe still ? My arms were stuck and I couldn’t open my eyes. I’m too scared to go to sleep, this has never happened before.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-10-04 11:26:26

    Hi – It would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Annika – You forget or have never been taught that you are a dual being. You live a waking life, but that is a small part of you, for you have also a ‘sleeping’ life that most people are totally unaware of.

    In life and sleep we have two powerful actions working in us. The first is our waking experience based on having a body, its limitations, vulnerabilities and a particular gender. Our second is the power that gave us life and continues to express as dreams, in our breathing and heartbeat – our life. This I have given the description as the Life Will.
    While we sleep our conscious self is largely or totally unconscious, and while we dream our voluntary muscles are paralysed – therefore another will or motivating force moves our body. So we have a Conscious Will, and what I will call a Life Will. The first one we have experience of as we can move our arm or speak in everyday activities; but the second will takes over when we sleep. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/sleep-paralysis/

    This Life will can move us to speak, to move our body, and in fact do things that we cannot do with our Conscious Will. As Freud pointed out this inner will has full access to our memories. If enough self awareness arises in the dream state, then awareness of the inability to move may occur, along with the anxiety this can arouse. In fact this is probably only a problem to people who are frightened of the paralysis.

    So your dream describes what happened. Teaching people to swim in very deep pool, in dream terms means learning how to cope with the wider awareness occurring in the sleep state. In other words, when you dived in you went beyond the boundaries of your known world and entered a different dimension. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/lucidity/#TonysEx

    Unfortunately you tried to stop breathing, but in this other dimension you have no body so you do not need to breath. But your fear caused you to be too scared to go to sleep. 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.

    We all live by an immense ocean in dreams. It is not a water filled ocean, though our dreams often use it to depict the massive ocean of consciousness or mind – the vastness of we are usually unaware of. We are all like islands in a great ocean. Where the ocean meets the shore of our island is the limit of our senses and so we feel we are isolated and alone. But under the surface of the ocean – our unconscious – the land slips away into the depths and connects with all the other islands. So in fact we are not alone, but are unconscious of our connection with all life.

    You are on the verge of growing beyond the normal world most people think is normal – your dream shows it. But most people are scared when the go beyond what they have known.

    Example: My friend asked if I could enter the pool, which I did with ease, diving deeper and deeper into it. As I did this I suddenly felt there were others in the water, and that suddenly had no sense of having body nor did I need one. I was ‘It’, and the wisdom and It was me. I could ask any question from this place where thousands of others existed. For we all were merged together and yet have separate identities, and because of this I shared all their collected wisdom.

    See http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

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-Cath 2017-10-22 8:47:54

My dreams of myself in deep water struggling to get out and I’m looking for my partner! I’m currently heavily pregnant also! I can’t remeber all of the dream just wake sweating and upset! I manage to get out of the deep water look for my phone to call my other half doesn’t work, there’s a gap in my dream from there to being in a car with my fella, this girl I was once friends with seems to always be there but doesn’t speak just looks at me and my partner! This girl has in real life told people she has been with in a sexual way my partner says it’s not true! I have done damage to other car etc I feel hurt and panic when I wake up I can’t remeber all i wake dripping with sweat if I fall back to sleep I’ll dream something else but her and him still there and my cradling my bump :/ help

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-Dawn Bond 2017-11-01 3:45:51

I dreamed that I was riding a motorbike on ice with my sisters and a man who is helping us. We have some sort of task but we only talk about how difficult it will be. There is a break in the ice and water is gushing through it very fast so I know the current is strong. Someome is in the water and one of my sisters reaches across the gap to help. I shout to the man helping us to grab her legs and not let her fall in while I run to the other side to help too. The person has managed to catch themselves and climb out but my sister has fallen in and is flailing. The man shouts to me to grab her before she goes beneath the ice with the current but I don’t get there on time and I watch as she slips under the ice, panic in her face and shouting for help. I spent a split second scrabbling towards her through the ice but she moves so fast in the water, and I don’t know how to save her. The man shouts “how did you miss her?” and I wake up.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-11-03 13:57:55

    Hi – The answers I give arise not out of me thinking up things to say, but from fifty years of exploring dreams in depth. So some of what I write may seem wild. But it would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson or http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Dawn – Riding a motorbike on ice, in dream means that your attitudes or approaches to daily life are not good. Not only is it dangerous for your mental health but you are on thin ice.

    But a large part of your dangerous attitudes are that you are very confused about the difference between their waking life and their dream life. They believe that what they dream is the same as what they meet in waking life. In waking life we may be drowned or frozen, but in dreams we cannot die or be hurt. For 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.

    So your dream is a dramatic example of your fears that you might be carried away and die, despite all your scrambling in everyday life. Because when you think about a family member, a friend or a person you know, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and the memories change you and make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you – thus your sister.

    The ice suggests that the part that breaks through is a part that has not been frozen, and has actually entered the river of Life. For each of us are immersed in a ‘river’ of constant change. If you think about it you have been carried, pushed, impelled by this current as you were moved through babyhood, childhood, teenage and adulthood. And as we passed through these changes we died to our old self in order to change to the new. It is the current of Life. This current then carries us on through old age and through the gates of death. All the time we are faced by decisions, and each decision directs us on a different path, helping to create our future. And this is a force of growth and change; and is fought like hell by many as we are afraid of such changes, especially getting old and facing death.

    So why not jump into the Life Stream? http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/

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-Jennifer 2017-11-06 10:21:16

I had a dream about a child I barely know drowning in a river when he was younger (before I knew him). When he was being saved by his father, a word “reborn” was formed by leaves and twigs in the water. After he was saved, it was discovered that he was a demon and the father had one eye that was completely black. The father panicked and tried to kill himself. I managed to stop the father, and was looking into the child more when I woke from the dream. I understand that drowning can mean being overwhelmed, but the rest of the dream is confusing.

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    -Tony Crisp 2017-11-08 13:52:27

    Hi – The answers I give arise not out of me thinking up things to say, but from fifty years of exploring dreams in depth. So some of what I write may seem wild. This may be because dreams arise and are experienced by a level of your mind or awareness that very few people have any concept or experience of – usually called the unconscious. So their view of dreams arise from their thinking mind, a very different creature than the thing giving you Life. Life dreamt millions of years before even humankind awoke and developed self awareness – a very young and precocious child. So I try to describe what takes place in the deeps of you.

    But it would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – http://dreamhawk.com/news/summing-up/ and also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/features-found-on-site/ which has so much information in.
    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPersonor http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/getting-at-your-dreams-meaning/

    Tony

    Jennifer – A child you barely know can indicate any child, because most of us cannot remember our childhood and its traumas, because pain is a great resistance. So the child is most likely you. It doesn’t matter that it was a boy, unless you had younger brother. Even then it usually depicts your thoughts and feelings. See http://dreamhawk.com/health-and-healing/inner-baby-and-child/

    When you think about a child, a friend or a person you know, you are only taking in your thoughts, impressions and feelings about them. So many people do not realise that they have an inner person equally as powerful as the external person you know. You have taken in millions of bits of memory, lessons learnt, life experiences along with all the feelings or problems met by meeting or living with them, and they change you and make you the person you are. The memories and experience we gather unconsciously change us and are not lost. It is part of you and is symbolised in dreams as a person or event. Such an inner person can appear in dreams because you still carry the memories or impressions of them, and so they influenced what you hold within you.

    Also dreams have a different view of us other than that dictated by the view of our bodies. It sees us as dual in nature, female and male, light and darkness. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/

    The demon aspect is most likely a repressed aspect of your childhood, probably linked with the father and difficulties it caused. If I am correct, if you examine any memories of being hurt or restricted in some way, you may unfold the story of you further. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/devil-demon/

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-Ranae 2017-11-18 6:08:38

I don’t remember how it started but the water was frozen and i was trying to get to my boat which looked to only be about 20 feet or so from the shore in a river. So i started walking across the ice and then when I was one little step away from the boat the ice breaks and i was being sucked down. I tried and tried to swim back up but the more i fought the deeper i went. Then suddenly it just stopped pulling once i gave up and I resurfaced and jumped on my boat. I could feel the pain in my chest from not breathing. It felt so real. But I’m not sure what it means.

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