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Sea

Life began in the sea, at the depths. Our blood is salt in the same degree as the ancient sea, and thus we have an inner sea. In your dreams it represents the universal and fundamental processes of life in you. Awareness of these processes are not easily accessible to your conscious mind, but are nevertheless constantly influencing you and what you do.

When you do at times have some consciousness of this level of yourself, it is often experienced as a huge ocean of mind, the collective unconscious as Jung called it. It feels like nature’s memory, where all experience is stored. So in your dreams about the sea, you may be accessing some aspect of this immensity.

Most of the activities that underlie our physical and mental life are beyond our awareness. For an immensely important period of development your being existed in a pre-conscious, pre-verbal state as it grew from the single cells of sperm and ovum to the foetus and new born child. But even after birth there was a timeless period before speech and self-awareness were achieved. Therefore a great deal of your experience and drives lie outside of, or underneath, the clear conceptualisations gained with speech, and your sense of self. Occasionally something – an ache in the chest, a strange emotion that unsettles you – may emerge into consciousness, then disappear. The sea, with its surface and hidden depths, lends itself to depicting this human experience of known and unknown regarding yourself. The enormity of the sea is also a visible image of the enormity of your own inner world – much of it unknown and lying in pre-birth or pre-speech – and also the relationship you have with the processes underlying your existence, that you exist in yet know so little about. The sea holds vast treasures, curiosities, and your history. Not simply because life emerged from the sea, or your blood is as salt as the ancient sea, but because so many ships and shorelines are now beneath the waves. Sometimes these can be recovered, and this too is an image reflecting your relationship with your own deeps.

Therefore the sea may depict a strange environment in which you might have no skill in surviving; something new or strange that confronts you; the boundary between unconscious and conscious; the processes and the origins of your life; the wisdom, still unverbalised because locked in process rather than insight, of your existence; source of the huge life drives, such as that urging you toward independence, mating and parenthood; a symbol of infinite energy, potential or consciousness, in which human existence is only a tiny part; The waves of experience we face in life, some acceptable, some threatening.

Although some writers say the sea may represent ones mother, and the situation one meets in becoming independent of her, it is probably better to think of the sea representing the state of being and awareness we emerged from in our mother’s womb. That is, a non striving, non demanding existence in which our needs were usually met without a personal struggle or without any defined sense of self. Therefore a sinking into the sea could be seen as a sinking back into this loss of personality or personal striving and independence. A struggle to survive could be partly a difficulty with existing by ones personal effort and work – the difficulty of ‘keeping ones head above water’ in life and being independent.


Going under the sea: Bringing internal contents to consciousness; remembering the womb experience; letting our ego surrender a little; looking at death.

If there is a sense of hugeness or depth: Going beyond the boundaries of experience usually set up by our conscious self or ego.

Learning to swim: Learning to survive in a new environment, such as happens when we emerge from childhood into adult sexual drives, or the school or work environment. At such times anxiety or uncertainty may threaten to engulf us just as it does when we learn to swim. Dealing with life needs us to be able to meet such feelings without turning back. See: swimming.

Rescued from the sea: See: air sea rescue.

Sea shore: This is similar to beach if you are on the shoreline, the border between everyday life and your unconscious sources of motivation energy and life. But if you are looking at the beach from a distance, it could suggest a different way of life, somewhere you haven’t reached yet, or are leaving behind. So it could depict change or somewhere you are trying to get to or reach.

Tide: Rising and falling of feelings such as love, pleasure or sexuality; may refer to ageing when going out; tide in our affairs. See: beach; fish; water.

Tidal wave: Any release of emotional or sexual energy. The reason this image is used is that when we feel enormous release of emotions such as might happen when we fall in love, have a baby, or are publicly condemned, our ego often feels carried along by the experience rather than in control. We may have learned how to ride such waves as surfers do. This requires confidence, daring and balance. If we can do it we can open ourselves to much greater range of feeling or change than if we felt threatened. Even happiness may be repressed due to feeling threatened. Anxiety or depression is one of these enormous waves that may threaten to engulf us, and so is one of the human conditions the tidal wave represents.

As a tsunami it is saying that some tremendous change has happened deep in you and in the world. Tsunamis are caused by earthquakes on the sea bed. So many people are dreaming about them at the moment because of the enormous change going on around us and within us. So learn to face them without fear and be ready to meet change in your life and in your family.

Waves: Impulses, feelings and emotions, such as sexuality, anxiety, anger.

Idioms: All at sea; plenty more fish in the sea; lost at sea; stranger things happen at sea; between the devil and the deep blue sea.

Example: ‘My husband, and I were standing looking at the sea’s surface. It was just falling night. I saw a mass of dark shapes, thought it would be a school of fish. Then we were looking at water birds, maybe ducks, again dark shapes as the light had almost gone. Then there was a hole in the sea, like a belly button, I was wondering what it was, how was it being made, was there something under the water? Something very big was coming up to the surface very close to me. It shot me to wake.’ Ginny Q.

Ginny and her husband had been exploring the content of their dreams. The image of the sea shows Ginny sensing there are enormous depths to her own being, and something big – a previously unconscious complex of insights and feelings – is becoming conscious.

Example: ‘A small speed boat was at sea. But the sea dissolved anybody who fell in. One man fell in but held himself together as a blob of water and jumped back to the speedboat. I remember the words ‘The sea is a great solvent’.’ Tim P.

Tim is aware of his unconscious sense of being a part of the huge ocean of life or energy. In it one might lose sense of identity. In the end, identity is ‘held together’ by ones own belief in oneself.

Example: ‘I am either standing at the edge of the sea or near, when suddenly enormous tidal waves appear in the distance and are coming closer. I know they will engulf me, I turn and run away. Sometimes they do overtake me, other times I wake up.’ Mrs A. V.

We can run from pleasure and wider insight, just as much as from pain or fear.

On the first night I slept with my present wife I noticed she struggled with her breathing. While she was asleep I spoke to her suggesting she would relax and allow her breathing to be easy. Within moments she responded. This encouraged me and I suggested her whole body would relax, and the barriers within her dissolve, allowing healing and well-being to be experienced. Within ten minutes she suddenly awoke and told me a dream.

She was at the rear of a house sunbathing with her family, feeling very relaxed and happy. As she sank into the enjoyment waves, like a tidal wave began to roll up her body. The pleasure was so intense she couldn’t take any more and woke up.

. See: Fish; Water.

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-Lacy 2014-01-22 16:17:48

I had a dream about 5 months ago really strange. I dreamed that I was on the beach in a hotel and a Strike of white lightning hit the sky. When it hit in the same spot a large white glowing cross appeard. the clouds kind of got grayer and a large dragon came out of the same spot. The ocean waves got really big and the sea started to seperate and you could see the sand the sand in the middle where it seperated. What does this dream mean

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-01-26 9:51:19

    Lacy – Your dream is about a very big change going on within you. The glowing cross and the dragon are indicating that you are taking a spiritual path and the dragon is the life force within you that protects and guides you. When the sea separates it means that the difficulties and problems on the path will be removed.

    But remember a dream is like a seed, it is something that comes from a deep part of you; it is something that is working upwards toward being conscious. As such it often, like a seed, takes time to break through to the surface, and then it has to grow. So often dreams are not recognised for their full meaning until later – sometimes months or even longer. The dream images are attempts to communicate something that has probably never been thought about or even been consciously thought about, so has never been put into common conscious thinking before. It is a communication from the depths, from beyond thought, and so any interpretations that are given by thinking may completely miss the point. See http://dreamhawk.com/interesting-people/edgar-cayce-and-the-cosmic-mind-superminds/

    Tony

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-jorge rodrigues 2014-01-28 14:34:14

I was in a beach and somehow I new it was in Tel Aviv. It must have been the end of day because the air had that orangey colour of the setting sun. The sea was quiet. I went in the water standing on a board – could have been a long surf boar, a windsurf board or a paddle surf board. I see a pair of metallic burgundy whales in the distance, swimming left to right, given my position, in an almost parallel line to the shore. Next, I see a pair of metallic burgundy dolphins, swimming side by side, diagonally towards the shore, from my right to my left, with the colours of the Union Jack as their skin colours from the neck to the dorsal fin. All this I saw on my way out to sea. A dolphin, I do not know if any of the pair above mentioned, pushes me from the stern towards a killer whale, now in the direction of the shore, which I never lost sight of. The push did not feel intentional and neither was strong otherwise I probably would have lost my balance and fall backwards. This killer whale is all black, missing the characteristic white spots and is placed in a perpendicular position to myself (I am sailing towards the shore and the killer whale is parallel to the shore). I sail helpless towards the killer whale in the direction of its head which is dead ahead of me; the rest of the whale’s body is to the left of my field of vision, half-submerged. The killer whale has its mouth open, so I can see the characteristic set of teeth of the species. As I approach the whale, it opens its mouth further and I can sail between its jaws, the lower one being under water, unharmed.

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-02-02 12:23:19

    Jorge – It seems to me that you are used to floating on the surface of a huge and unknown part of yourself – the unconscious/sea. Obviously you have seen glimpses of the immensity within you, show as the whales and the dolphins – both symbols of the unconscious becoming known.

    But the killer whale is a wonderful indication or what we feel when we face the huge unconscious. We feel that it will swallow us and we will die. It is important to say that when we meet the experience of powerlessness through becoming aware of the hugeness of their Life, which they are usually unaware if, it feels like something alien or attacking, it is a shock. 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 a whale or something huge, or even possessed by evil entities. If we realise that they are things we have created through our own fear we will pass on. But otherwise it will continue to haunt us as something that will get you; or you feel uncertain even lost in facing it! But it is only our small self image, our ego that reacts because it feels powerless, even though in reality the Hugeness is part of our totality. It is the enormous potential you have within you, it is Life you are frightened of or have been ignoring.

    So please see http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/entering-the-silencehttp://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/levels-of-awareness-in-waking-and-dreaming/

    Tony

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      -jorge rodrigues 2014-02-04 11:28:01

      Thank you Tony. I believe it important to point out that I did not fell frightened either when dreaming or after waking up. I rushed to a piece o paper and wrote it down. The colors were so vivid (and still are) on those dolphins and the orangey sunset was also beautiful. I wish I would have that dream again …

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        -Tony Crisp 2014-02-10 8:20:45

        Jorge – Sorry, I often use pieces and quote from them to save typing them all again, so the piece about being frightened was only partly for you. Many other people read your dream, and as the killer whale is for many people terrifying, I put in some information that there is no need to be frightened.

        Tony

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-priyanka patel 2014-02-09 1:40:07

Hi i m 20. I dream a huge huge sea. Wave of sea is so fast that make my leg wet. Sea is scary. That huge. I was gone wid my cousin sister. But in dream i feel like i visit this place before. When i woke up still remember and know that same dream i had before. Dont know when. In dream many people over there. I was like 10-15 yr old. And when wave came we all teens started to run and hold any net or rode which planted over their. I m scared. But hving fun. What does that mean. Ohh yes yesterday in afternoon i dream a lots of blueberry fallen on ground. And lots of its tree over there. I was eating it with my dad. Blueberry had so less fruit. More its seed. Please give me reply.

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-Judy 2014-02-12 14:12:02

I had a dream that I was hanging on to some kind of rubber hose or rope along with my husband and 3 other people. There were 3 ropes but 5 people 2 women and 3 men. I was alone on my rope. They were more like flexible black rubber though. I was alone on mine. The plane was flying like it was rescuing us. We were just hanging out in the open flying through the air over the ocean and land. It was night. At one point over the ocean it was very still and I comment to my husband that it reminded me of the ocean when we were on our first cruise. At other times it’s like we are being whipped through the sky and hanging on for dear life. Another time we are so low and trying to avoid running into vehicles. And then I woke up.

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-Mac Joel 2014-02-17 6:13:10

Last Night i dreamed that i shifted my house to some high class flat or appartment in between a Sea. I had Top floor of that appartment along with my friend and the view from windows were incrediblely outstanding. I had to take boats whenever i had to travel to City.
What does a Dream like this mean?
Please reply.

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-Wanj Towne 2014-02-25 19:14:50

Tony my sister recently passes following surgery for a brain anyersym she never woke up and was removed from life support

After returning home I had a dream that the ocean reached out and grabbed me into it then put me back on shore. I felt confused and lost as I looked out to the ocean I saw my deceased mother and deceased sister walking peacefully out of the ocean wet and dripping but smiling they looked shimmery and beautiful

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-lerma 2014-03-03 14:11:05

I dream of this before and i dream again last night.
i was working in the sea. in my dream i moved my computer in a dock and plug in somewhere, thinking what will happen if the hightide comes. I even saw my supervisor there.

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-ewax 2014-03-24 0:28:46

hi, i had a dream last night that i found “something” on the sea. I was just near the seashore with the water on my knee level. I looked closely at that something and it turned out to be lots of coins. I can’t distinguish that much if they are silver coins or nickel because it’s under water but they are shining. The weather was sunny and the water on the beach was so clear that’s why I could see them sparkling. I happily picked them up and put it inside a tupperware. I duno why from all of the containers I could use it happened to be a tupperware. All of a sudden, I found that the tupperware has bills. It was like it just appeared all of a sudden. Then, my mother appeared in front of me, too. I closed the lid but before closing it, I estimated that the amount reached 1000 including the bills. What was that all about?

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-03-24 8:17:43

    Ewax – The dream is telling you that if you keep open to what you find within you – under the sea – you will begin to live something very precious, something of great value to you. It may not be money as the images suggest, but it will be of value.

    Also because a dream is like a seed, it is something that comes from a deep part of you; it is something that is working upwards toward being conscious. As such it often, like a seed, takes time to break through to the surface, and then it has to grow. So often dreams are not recognised for their full meaning until later – sometimes months or even longer.

    Tony

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-tan 2014-04-01 19:46:59

I was floating in the middle of an ocean or sea on some wooden raft or on some sort of inflatable water bed which was not to big. And all my friends were on the raft as well.
It was like a normal situation for us, we were all like – this is okey. But the water was deep. (I always get that feeling in deep water when I start to think about it, I feel a little uncomfortable because of the unknown, you have no idea what’s underneath).
But for us it was like something we do, something normal. We knew we are okey but I was feeling a little uncomfortable in the water. We were all trying to stay on the raft and not in the water, and as the raft wasn’t big enough we were falling in the sea. So someone would always end up in the sea. Someone would push me of the raft and then I would push someone to get back on it again.

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    -tan 2014-04-01 22:22:00

    And the water was calm :)

    Thanks!

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