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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



-Demi 2015-07-11 10:22:56

Hi, I keep on dreaming that my 2 year old son is drowning and I get him out of the water but he is not breathing. I wake up with sweat all over and crying. Then I also dream that my deceased mother is killing herself. Like the last dream was were she tried to drown herself. I also then wake up with sweat all over and very upset.
Can someone please help me to what this means cause I’m tired of this horrible dreams.
Thank you in advance


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-12 16:12:42

    Dear Demi – 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/processing-dreams/
    I believe the dream in which your mother tries to drown herself sheds some light on these recurring dreams. So explore what it is that you are doing to your mother role; ask yourself if you lack pleasure in your role as a mother, if you are too anxious in your mother role and if you imagine too many situations that make you anxious.
    Also explore how your own mother dealt with her emotions/fears and with your emotions/fears and how much of her approach you absorped.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/mother-mum-ma/#InnerMother
    The dream about your son drowning could reflect that you project your own difficulties as far as dealing with your emotions and fears is concerned onto your son.
    This probably also means that the moment you “own it” or stop repressing it and accept that it is something you have to work on, your dreams about your drowning son will change or disappear.
    The other good thing is that while you learn to deal with your emotions/your fears you will pass it on to your son, because children learn from what we do – or not do – and not from what we say.
    Another helpful tool toward more awareness is self-observation. Observing your own ebb and flow of thoughts and feelings, your own habits and responses to things, is one of the most powerful of tools to use in transforming your life. This also leads to a fuller connection with your intuitive connection with your core.
    If you use observation you may at time realise that you are cycling through feelings or moods. So it can imply that you are experiencing a cycle which you may be trapped in. The way to get out of this cycle is to step back from it using observation; this is like stepping back and not be lost in the emotions or moods.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)


-Mo 2015-07-19 8:14:20


For a few years now I’ve been having horrifying nightmares that rip me from my sleep. One of them is being held under water by someone. Almost always it’s just a shadowy figure, but sometimes it has the face of an old ex or even current lover. They hold me by my neck and force me to stay under the water until I jolt awake.
I dont know what to do.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-25 13:37:09

    Dear Mo – A shadowy figure in a dream is a symbol for an aspect of yourself that you have rejected.
    Many of the characters or elements of our dreams act quite contrary to what we consciously wish. This is why we often find it so difficult to believe all aspects of a dream are part of our own psyche. Some drives or areas of our self will act or express despite what we would want. These are named autonomous complexes.
    This complex may express as something evil, which can be very frightening because you believe that “something outside” is forcing you, rather than a repressed part of you, or the results of a traumatic experience showing itself in frightening images.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-archetype-of-the-shadow/
    The way out of this recurring nightmare – and probably other horrible dreams as well – could be Power Dreaming.
    Your dreams are a unique area of self-expression. They are a safe area to experiment and experience things in any way you wish. Often we introvert, or take into our dream life, rules and fears that have no place there. For example, while dreaming, you may fall into the sea and be terrified you will drown. But that is impossible because you are only experiencing images of your feelings and thoughts. All you can do is to feel fear. You can easily breathe under water in a dream, or fly, or die and be re-born. So remove such limitations from your inner life by visualising such changes into your dreams when awake. Imagine yourself being what you can in your dreams. Even passive people who couldn’t stand up for themselves can change as they do this.
    Please continue reading at http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)


-Ashley 2015-07-27 12:41:40

I had this very real dream woken by my 2 year old daughter coughing during the night which actually made me cry as it was that real. It started with a group of my friends and I out and my mum looking after my daughter, when we arrived home I asked her how she was. Mum was tired on the couch nearly asleep and she replied she’s good. This time of night she would be in bed. Next thing I hear my daughter call my mum. To my surprise it came from the bathroom, I rush in and she is hunched over face first in the bath drowning. I pull her out a
She is limp and unresponsive par a cough. I’m screaming and not knowing what to do yelling for someone to call an ambulance. My mums reaction being very calm and said I’ll just call the doctor with me saying no the ambulance. Then I heard my daughter cough through the baby monitor and I woke up. I get on well with my mum and trust her with my kids is what I can not get.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-29 9:34:52

    Dear Ashley – What creates some confusion is that you fail to recognise the difference between your inner dream life and your waking life and so the way I see it is that this dream does not reflect that your mother in waking life cannot be trusted with your daughter or other children.
    Dreams can have many functions and one of them is that a dream is a link between the sleeping mind and what is occurring externally. For instance, a person may be falling out of bed and dream of flying or falling and so your dream could be caused by hearing your daughter coughing while you were still sleeping.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/function-of-dreaming/
    I believe that part of you – symbolised by the mother in your dream – is aware that your daughter is only coughing and so perhaps all she needs is a doctor – or you, because mothers often fulfil that helpful, healing role in life as well – to give her something to drink or some medicine that will relieve/heal her cough.
    The dream figure in your dream is probably too worried about your daughter’s health and so sees her drowning.
    I feel it will be helpful to explore your dream for yourself too, for your dream could also express that feelings of guilt are part of your inner world, as far as enjoying yourself in another role than your mother role is concerned.
    For that purpose you can use “Being the person” or “Talking as the person” for all “actors” in your dream, but especially for your own dream figure as she appears in your dream.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    Anna :-)


-apurva 2015-07-28 5:16:05

I mostly dream of drowning but not dying and being attacked by snake, even bitten. But I don’t die. Why ??


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-07-29 10:12:54

    Dear Apurva – I feel a better way to put your question is “Why didn’t I die YET”?
    And then I would answer that you probably need to be patient with yourself until your fear dissolves and that it might help if you get a better understanding of the meaning of death in the context of your dreams.
    Being bitten by a snake and dying because of that is clearly described in the entry snake.
    The snake can bite you, and its venom may flow throughout your being and kill you. Most of us are very frightened of this. The reason is that the venom will take away your personal sense of self – it faces you with the death of yourself. It melts the boundary of egoic self-interest, and personal connections with family and children, with choices in action. It replaces the personal interests and fears with a self that is part of the one great life. So the fear of the snake is not because its venom is deadly, but because it transforms. It turns you into a being who is part of the whole. It robs one of the artificial walls placed between self and the collective pool of life consciousness.

    The snake depicts this force, purpose or energy behind that power of growth and unfolding. It is the force of life, the latent energy or potential within us. It leads us both to growth and death, along with the passionate emotions and urges that drive us so powerfully”.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-archetype-of-rebirth-or-resurrection/
    Does that answer your question?
    Anna :-)


-Britney 2015-07-29 0:10:44

My mom called me and had a dream about me drowning a swimming pool what does that mean just curiocurious


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