For over 50 years of interpreting dreams, I cannot think of a single person for whom I have interpreted dreams or had conversations about dreams with who hasn’t at least dreamt once of a dream of drowning.
To more clearly understand drowning or near drowning dreams, you must first understand much of what WATER represents, not only in drowning dreams but dreams as a whole.
Clean, Clear Water Clean, clear water represents God, the Holy Spirit, forgiveness, compassion, purity of heart, physical and spiritual cleansing. Yet, in some dreams water is symbolic of obstacles, challenges and tests. In this type of dream, the width of the area of the water determines the time frame or how long the challenge will last. The depth of water determines the degree of difficulty the test, obstacle, challenge or setback will be.
In most dreams involving drowning, the challenge or test that caused the dream pertains to emotional, material, health and or unanswered spiritual questions. Although it is not unusual for dreams of drowning to overlap into our personal and financial lives as a result of problems or situations that we are trapped in and can find no answer or solution.
One major reason for the dreamer to dream he is drowning, is under water or being pulled under water and helpless to reach the surface represents a dilemma in the dreamer’s family, health, emotions, relationships, career or finances that is materialized in a dream of the dreamer portrayed as physically drowning in water. Similarly, emptiness, self-pity, sorrow, remorse, grief, abandonment, loneliness, giving up, depression, escape, emotional stress and spiritual emptiness in their lives often results in the dreamer experiencing dreams of drowning.
For The Christian: Although Christians and non Christians both can experience dreams of drowning for the same reasons, for the most part, when the average balanced Christian has a dream other than the ones mentioned represents a different set of challenges. These challenges can involve blessings or gifts that God is about to bestow upon them. Often, the blessing or gift will be determined by how well or to what degree the dreamer overcomes the challenge or testing of faith acted out in the dream.
In the same way, as with a non Christian, the Christian can also experience dreams of drowning because of a temptation to backslide and fall back into a relationship or an old habit of a sin nature, and the dream of drowning is symbolic of God calling the person to repentance, for we can do nothing without God active in our lives.
For the dreamer to be dreaming he is drowning yet, somehow manages by his own strength and determination to pull himself back up to the surface represents that despite the magnitude of the obstacle, problem or pressure he is feeling or facing in the natural world, he will find an answer or solution, and find a way to resolve the problem restoring his life back to normal.
To Dive Into Clean Clear Water, to dive into clear water when the dreamer sees the bottom represents strength, stability, a self starter, having foresight and the ability to plan ahead.
To Dive Into Dirty Murky Water: For the dreamer to dive into dirty or murky water and he does not see the bottom represents a headstrong person who abandons logic, acts hastily and the dreamer does not think ahead or plan for the future. He is self-absorbed, prideful, selfish, thinks only of himself, what he wants and he is not considerate of others or their feelings.
For the dreamer to dream he is drowning or under the water or being pulled under Dirty or Murky water in a dream represents that he is involved in one or more of the following: guilt, lies, deceit, illusion, betrayal, back stabbing, gossip, secrets, manipulation of others, sexual bondage/addiction, bad habits, or a hidden agenda. The guilt and fear of being exposed is surfacing in his dream in the form of the act of drowning or almost drowning as seen in a dream.
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