The meaning of Drowning in dream | Dream interpretation
(see also Air-Sea Rescue)
(1) If there is some area of your life where you are - or feel - unable to ‘keep your head above water’, this is probably what the dream is about Dreams that follow may tell you what to do about the situation. You can cither change the situation or change yourself, so that you react differently, or remove yourself (physically) from the situation.
(2) Water may be a symbol of the unconscious, so drowning may express a threat or fear of being swallowed up or taken over - overwhelmed - by unconscious forces.
If there is such a threat, it will be from repressed and neglected contents of the unconscious. What have
you been bottling up? Consult a friend or, if need be, a psychotherapist. See also Flood.
(3) Since water may represent the feminine, your dream may be asking you to do something about a mother-attachment that is stunting your development as an individual in your own right. A man’s failure to free himself from such an attachment (which may be largely unconscious) may have disastrous results in his relations with women - in whom he will always seek his mother. A woman, unlike a man, doesn’t usually have to cope with the effects of an infantile incestuous fixation of her libido on her mother; but both Freud and Rank stressed the crucial influence of the mother on both male and female children: for all infants, male and female, the earliest deep attachment is to the mother, the source of nourishment. Moreover, for the achievement of normal development the female child must - according to Freud - perform the additional task of transferring her libidinal attachment from mother to father. Jung, too, regarded the liberating of oneself from psychological bondage to one’s mother as the first great step in the process of self- realization. (For self-realization) See also Mother.
(4) Drowning may simply mean death; or may be a symbol of death- and-rebirth. See also Baptism, Death.
1. To be overwhelmed, usually emotionally.
2. Feelings of loss of self, identity.
3. Problems with mother or motherlike person.
4. Problems in an intimate relationship, often with communication and identity.
Material aspects: Drowning may also indicate a perceived inability to handle a stressful situation around us at the time of the dream. We have been put in a situation over which we have no control. We may be ‘floundering around’ with no way of being able to escape from the difficulty.
Psychological / emotional perspective: When we are drowning in a dream this usually indicates we are in danger of being overwhelmed by emotions we cannot handle. We are fearful of allowing our emotions free expression.
Since water is a metaphor for feelings, a dream about drowning usually means that you are afraid of being overwhelmed by powerful emotions. If an intense relationship of yours is going wrong, for instance, you may be experiencing a sinking feeling in your waking life that is subsequentlyreflectedinyourdream.
If your relationships are not the issue, your dream could reflect any situation where you feel you’ve lost control. Perhaps you are finding it difficult to keep your head above water financially, or feeling out of your depth in some other area of your life.
Maybe you have taken on so many responsibilities that you are inundated with demands on your time and energy.
A dream about drowning can sometimes reflect a health challenge. If you suffer from water retention, the dream could be a warning that your condition is getting worse. It would be wise to see your doctor as a precautionary measure.
Questions to ask yourself - and what to do when the answer is ‘yes’
Am I afraid of being overwhelmed by my feelings?
Am I in a situation that I feel helpless to control?
Am I inundated with demands on my time and energy?
also see Swimming
1- When we are drowning in a dream this usually indicates we are in danger of being overwhelmed by emotions we cannot handle. We are fearful of allowing our emotions free expression. Drowning may also indicate a perceived inability to handle a stressful situation around us at the time of the dream.
2- We have allowed ourselves to be put in a situation over which we have no control. We may be ‘floundering around’ with no way of being able to escape from a difficulty we are in.
3- Drowning symbolises an immersion in the Sea of Life, and therefore a loss of ego.
Dreaming about drowning is common and it invokes fear. However, it may have positive significance. This dream suggests to the dreamer that he may be overwhelmed by unresolved emotions, old issues, or a current crisis. It suggests that a release of the old is necessary in order to emerge and begin anew. This dream serves to awaken the dreamer to embrace and to effectively cope with problems and negativity in his life.
Dreaming of drowning in deep water suggests being overwhelmed by your unconscious thoughts and emotions.
• Face your fears and explore what you’re feeling over emotional about. This can be a dream response to losing someone very close.
• It can also mean that you feel suffocated or dominated by someone in your life.
Drowning expresses nothing other than a feeling of anxiety that has been extended for quite a long time. Generally, suffocation indicates that you are burdened by excessive responsibilities. Therefore, it can be interpreted as advice: you should rest or take a short break, as you have reached the limits of your strength.
If you drown in dangerous waters, you may be afraid to be absorbed by the hidden power of your unconscious, as if you were giving yourself to it too quickly. In these cases, it is helpful to discuss these fears with a friend so they can restore your sense of reality. From the emotional point of view, you may also be afraid to sink into your problems. You should make sure you are on firm ground before making any decision.
If, while you are drowning, someone rescues you, it is considered a good omen for business. The contrary applies if nobody comes to help.
Drowning in a dream means falling into sin and incurring the displeasure of God Almighty. Drowning in a dream also means entering hell-fire. Ifone dies of drowning in his dream, one should fear going astray or following innovations. Drowning in the sea, then floating in the process of trying to save oneselffrom death in a dream means indulging in the business of the world and .lvU lHN SEERIN’S forgetting about one’s spiritual commitment. It also means attaining success in one’s endeavors and gaining a strong foothold in one’s business. Ifone does come out of the water alive in his dream, it means amending his life for the better and pursuing the correct course of serving one’s religious life.
If one sees himself after coming out of the water wearing a green garment in a dream, it means that he will pursue the path of knowledge and succeed in acquiring it.
If one drowns and plunges to the bottom of the sea in a dream, it means that he will incur the wrath of someone in authority who will persecute him and cause him to perish. Drowning in a dream also means dying from an illness. Drowning in seawater in a dream means revival of one’s faith in God Almighty. Drowning in freshwater in a dream means becoming extremely wealthy.
Drowning in a dream signifies you can no longer hide your feelings about a certain situation. These dreams usually occur when the dreamer is feeling overwhelmed in real life.
Drowning in the ocean of clean water suggest that the observer of the dream will “drown” in matters of sovereignty or government. But if the water is brackish or filthy it means he will encounter hardships which will cause ruin to him
Drowning symbolizes an immersion in the sea of life, and therefore a loss of ego. We seem to have nothing to support our efforts.
Example: ‘1 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 because her father was ill. Because of the water, drowning depicts fear of being overwhelmed by difficult emotions or anxieties. Someone else drowning: may occasionally show our apprehension about their health or well being, having the suggestion of death or breakdown.
Feeling overwhelmed, perhaps by work, obligations, or life itself.
Inundation; too many people making too many demands on the dreamer. Astrological/Tarot parallels: Cancer, The Moon
If you are drowning, it means you will be shamed.
If someone else is drowning, you will be involved in a minor scandal.
Large bodies of water often symbolize the unconscious, so drowning may indicate being overwhelmed by unconscious, repressed issues.
This need not being entirely negative; being forced to face issues one has been avoiding can have a positive outcome. Water also symbolizes the emotions, and dreams about drowning sometimes occur during periods of crisis (e.g., loss of a loved one) when one feels overwhelmed by emotions. Finally, drowning sometimes is initiatory symbolism, indicating that the dreamer is entering a new stage of development and “dying” to the old self.
Sinking into the unconscious, helplessness, lack of planning in your life. Being washed away by the flow of emotions.
Fear of being swallowed up by the unconscious. As in Suffocating, where the issue is to get more air, here it is a matter of being safe in the Water, about feelings and (emotional) needs that bring more energy and inner strength.
Symbolic of an attack from people or the devil, Ps. 124:2-5
This is a very common dream that usually invokes a great amount of fear. However, it may have positive significance. This dream may suggest to the dreamer that he is overwhelmed by unresolved emotions, old issues, or a current crisis. It suggests that a release of the old is necessary in order to emerge and begin anew. This dream serves to awaken the dreamer to consciously embrace and begin to effectively cope with problems and negativity in his life.
To dream of drowning, denotes loss of property and life; but if you are rescued, you will rise from your present position to one of wealth and honor.
To see others drowning, and you go to their relief, signifies that you will aid your friend to high places, and will bring deserved happiness to yourself.
For a young woman to see her sweetheart drowned, denotes her bereavement by death.
To dream that you drown or in the midst of drowning is a bad omen as it pertains to the health of your business and partnership activities.
If you die, your business will fail and a great loss will occur for you but if you are rescued and revived, then you will have a good friend step in and save your business. Other aspects of this dream deals with your relationships and can be interpreted as with a business.
Water symbolizes birth and life, so a dream of drowning is a selfish desire to be reborn, to live again. It may be due to a lack of love or to the many burdens of living.
You are feeling overwhelmed with deep feelings and need to surrender to your emotional issues and learn how to process them. Many people have free-floating anxiety associated with the idea of drowning. When this is the case, the universal meaning of peaceful surrender will often be overlooked when considering this as a dream image. No matter how deep your level of fear is around the frightening possibility of an actual drowning, the return to your watery roots and turning yourself over to the gentle embrace of the weightlessness of water implies a very serene experience from the symbolic perspective. Water, as a symbol, always connects to the world of emotions. To drown is to die. To die is to sacrifice part of the self in order to be reborn again. Therefore, to drown in a dream is a beautiful transformation that occurs by virtue of giving yourself over to inevitable emotional processes that lead you to a new way of being in the world.
The presence of panic in a dream of drowning is a signal of resistance to the emotional change that is afoot.
The more intense the panic, the greater the resistance you are expressing. Being able to breathe, or at least function normally, underwater is a common dream image. While this is not generally experienced by the dreamer as a drowning dream, the meaning connects to the same concept of grace and ease with emotional overwhelm.