It can refer to the Life in you, the spirit that lives in you and can advise, uplift, grow and lead you. To understand it see Life’s Little Secrets

In most dreams water indicates emotions, moods and flow of feeling energy. Because of the nature of water it lends itself to depicting aspects of how you relate to your feelings. For instance you can ‘drown’ in or feel swept away by some emotions. At other times you can feel cleansed and refreshed. But because water is vital to your existence it can show how you long for or thirst for something and feeling fulfilled.

But any flow, even if it seems threatening, is the flow of our own life energy. Most of us are only aware of a trickle of life energy, and when it dreams it is a torrent we have no experience of dealing with so much of it, and become scared, which blocks it even more. See Our Reaction to meeting the Huge that we Are

Example: The first time I ever slept in the bed with my wife Hyone, she quickly went to sleep and I noticed she had difficulty breathing through her nose while asleep. She would start breathing through her nose but couldn’t continue and the breath burst in through her mouth. I felt it must be a tension, so while she still slept I spoke to her quietly, suggesting that the muscles in her nose and face would relax. I repeated this a few times and Hyone’s breathing became easy and normal. Seeing that she responded so well, I decided to try something else. So I quietly suggested that her whole body would drop unnecessary tensions, and emotional and mental stress would melt away. I went on to say that this would open all the doors of her being, allowing cleansing and healing throughout.

There was no apparent response to this, so I lay quietly ready to sleep. But suddenly, about eight minutes later, Hyone woke, almost with a jerk, and said enthusiastically, “I just had the most amazing dream.”  In the dream Hyone had been with her mother and sisters in a garden at the back of a house. Hyone was lying in the sun relaxing. As she relaxed she felt a wave of energy flow up her body to her head. Then, wave after wave moved up her body, giving her tremendous pleasure and feelings of well-being. But the waves got stronger and stronger, and she was frightened they would overwhelm her, and at that point she woke.

This is very important, because it shows how our good healing energy can be felt as threatening. It is because our personality is so guarded and insecure it feels it will be overwhelmed or they would lose their self-control. See What Happens When I Die?

That flow of energy shown in Hyone’s dream is like a river, and a river can carry you along or you can resist its current. For each of us is 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 there are more stages of growth beyond 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 they are afraid of such changes, especially getting old and facing death. See What Happens When I Die?

Water also represents your potential to experience many emotions because water can take any shape or move in so many ways. How you relate to the water shows how you are meeting your emotions and moods. In a collective sense, as a lake or the sea, it can represent the mysterious source of life, the womb and the processes of life creating you.

But any flow, even if it seems threatening, is the flow of our own life energy. Most of us are only aware of a trickle of life energy, and when in dreams it is a torrent, we have no experience of dealing with so much of it, and may become scared, which blocks it even more. See Our Reaction to meeting the Huge that we Are.

How we relate to the water shows how we are meeting our emotions and moods. In a collective sense, as a lake or the sea, it can represent the mysterious source of life, the womb and the processes which bring us about; women frequently dream of being in water or swimming during menstruation. The dream content will show something about what is happening in the body at such times, or even if there is excessive water retention.  See: Flow.

‘I was standing in front of a series of glass water tanks. I had apparently written an article about the balance between intellect and emotion, which had presented emotion in a way to show its equal value with intellect. The tanks demonstrated the different relationships between intellect and emotion. Some tanks were beautifully clear and colourful, showing the right balance. The unbalanced ones had weed growing in them. I was then in a lift with a young woman. We moved close together and kissed. This moved my feelings so much I felt a great melting in my abdomen, and a lot of body sensation against her body.’ Anthony F.

Anthony’s dream perfectly illustrates how water refers to the emotions and flowing body feelings.

Deep water: The deeps of your inner life and what lies under the surface of your waking awareness.

Dripping water: Sometimes can depict the damaging feelings or interference that can enter your life, especially if the water is coming through a ceiling or wall. Otherwise a dripping tap might mean the leaking away of your feelings or energy, or the passage of time.

Electricity and water: Emotions which can generate very powerful reaction to a situation – such as jealousy or anger – so a release of enormous energy that can be negative or positive.

Entering water: Entering into strong feelings such as might arise in a relationship or new job. Starting a sexual relationship. If it is a deep lake or turgid water, it could point to emotions that might stand in your way of moving on or changing.

Going under water: It suggests bringing internal contents to consciousness; remembering the womb experience; letting our ego surrender a little; looking at death.

Also it shows that we, our conscious self, has entered more deeply into the enormous depths of our consciousness; we have literally dipped below the level of our conscious self. See My Body is a Moving Sea

Hot water: Strong emotions or facing difficult situations, such as social criticism. Or being warmed by flowing feelings.

Leaking water: This can mean that your emotional energy is be used unwisely, possible through such things as anxiety or fear, especially if the water is coming through a ceiling or wall.

Muddy water: It suggest you may be experiencing a lot of emotions that are causing you not to be seeing clearly

Walking on water: It depends upon the state of the water walked on. If it was stormy or calm can make a difference. But in general it is about having confidence that you meet the storms of your emotions and feel okay. But it could also mean you are frightened of ‘going under’. In dreams you cannot drown, and going under the surface can meet a dip into your inner life.

Water overflowing: The water overflows means that the life force now flows freely. It suggests your life purpose is being expressed. If nothing is hurt when it flows over, all is well, but if it ruins things watch your emotional overflows. If you take care, your present life will allow it to express without harm.

If you are a Christian it might point to having trust that you will be upheld by your faith. See: Baptism; River; Sea; Spring.

Idioms: Make water; muddy the waters; tread water; water something down; turn on the waterworks; water under the bridge; hold water; in hot water; head above water; pour cold water onto something.

See: Water Wonderland; Fluid; Pool; River; Rain; Sea; Spring.


-Michelle 2015-09-21 15:50:31

I had a dream I got stuck in an elevator but I was underwater. I got in the elevator pressed the third floor button and when it opened I was stuck between floors and I could hear water.

-Chenaaz 2015-09-03 11:41:08

I really needs to know what my dream means. I was dreaming that water was rolling in underneath my feet . soon I was about to walk into the water with my work mate holding her had. the water got so much that it reached my waist and as we were walking through it. I am normally very scared of water but in the dream I was not.

-Monica Lee Anne 2015-02-25 20:36:11

I had a dream last night where my boyfriend and his buddies walked carelessly yet happily into a lake of water; it was very low and only reached their knees and then waists. I wanted to join them but a part of me, for some odd reason, was so hesitant. I kept looking down at my feet and they didn’t want to take a step further into the lake. Earlier within that dream lots of things (happening right now) are changing. For example, my boyfriend had a new apartment but kept the same old mirror I had bought for him, and then a friend of his tells me that my boyfriend is thinking of breaking up with me. After that, the lake scenario happened. I’ve no idea how they might connect.. But this dream has been haunting me all day. Any help? Thank you!

-Kenia ponce 2015-02-06 12:15:25

I had this dream last night that i was in this place with my family and my neighbor family we were going to head home,but we couldnt head home because there was water everywhere we go, so what we did we went to look for our car and we got at the car and my neighbor or my dad was driving i dont remember, but i remember someone said theres water coming from left and right, so what we decided to do was to drown ourself because there was no one to save us, so we all hug our family and we all say our goodbye we hugged each other, but i also remember i was sooooo scared .. please i want to know what does it mean??

-Rupani 2015-02-01 15:26:25

Yesterday, I dream that someone poured hot water on my hand and I was screaming out of pain. Can I know, what is the dream about?

-centeheart 2015-01-16 14:04:08

I was dreaming that while i was in the terrace second floor i saw a big clear water running near my house. Then suddenly i was with the house floating away from the running big water till it reached on top of the mountain. i saw many houses washed away by that big water. when the water subsided i went back and search again my house where i could hardly locate back its location. Please explain to me the possible meaning thank you

-Cinmangrl 2014-12-15 2:58:18

Lots of dreams lately and oversleeping as I want to stay in my dream world. Last night, I was lying on my back and someone was pouring water into my mouth and I was surprised it went down so easily. I expected to choke and gurgle as I swallowed it, but it didn’t happen. I remember feeling peace and trust with this person.

-Tracy 2014-12-04 20:59:54

I dreamed that water was flowing out of a small opening coming out of my floor flooding my apartment and I could stop it. Does anyone knows what this means?

-Jennifer 2014-11-23 18:14:11

My dream last night was my daughter (2) being swept away by a strong current of water into a canyon mountain entry hole …I’m very upset by this. .please help

-cassy 2014-10-02 0:49:22

I have this dream. I was drowning inside an elevtor and im trying to push the emergency alarm but everytime i push the elevator rotating and and water keeps on coming.. until there is few space for me to breath in until i just close my eyes and see light there i woke up with tears in my eyes.

-Hester 2014-09-26 10:38:53

I had a terribly upsetting dream last night and I don’t see an answer.

I dreamt I was in a canoe (boat) on a quiet peaceful river filled with debris like cupboard, chairs, books etc. then a voice asked me if I was ready.
I had a awful feeling of loss when I saw the debris then the voice asked the question and I was feeling a sense of dread.
Why would this upset me so much?
The answers I got is that the storm is then passed but then why the uneasy feeling and the voice???

-Sridevi 2014-07-10 10:07:28


I have this dream of deep waters… like crystal clear …some times nice blur lagoons… but its like am driving and i have fear that i might fall into it and that I dont know swimming… pls help me understand what it means?

-Dream bee 2014-07-10 7:18:02

I am faced with accepting or not a new job, in my dream, the first day at job was miserable. I turned down the offer. Rain started, and i was soaking. I was wearing flip flops even if there is a dress code, then, because the job will also involve kids, some of them were sweped away by the water level rising. Also, my former boss appeared. For me, it’s a solid don’t take the job. What do you think?

-Janet Ponce 2014-02-06 16:48:22

I really need to know water my dream is trying let me know. my dream in my two story home and that water was running all over the wall and ceiling and foor I couldn’t stop the water didn’t know were it was coming from I first notice the in a hamper full of water then it starting coming from everwheres. please water dose it mean.

    -Tony Crisp 2014-02-20 9:53:55

    Janet – Water often is an indication of all the energy you expend through your emotions. So because it show your emotions flooding it probably means you are feeling a lot of anxiety or fears, maybe in connection with yourself. See http://dreamhawk.com/news/avoiding-being-my-own-victim/


-RoRo 2013-08-09 22:22:59

I had a dream that I was in a lake with my arms out. And a small child tried to jump into my arms and I dropped him. I tried to swim and get him but I couldn’t reach him. Then I woke up. Does this mean something?

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