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Dream Symbols & Their Meanings: Underwater

Underwater dreams are a very common occurrence. Maybe you have a dream that you’re swimming underwater with no plans to come up to the surface; maybe you’re on your way home and suddenly you notice that your house is submerged; maybe a possession of yours slips out of your fingers and deep into the sea. What does this all mean? Read on to find out.

In dreams, water is oftentimes symbolic of emotion. If you dream that you are underwater and have the ability to breathe, this often symbolizes a retreat back into the womb. Is something causing you to feel helpless in your waking life? Being underwater might hint that you’re overwhelmed with emotion and wishing you could go back to a time where you were a dependent soul, free of any responsibilities or the burdens of your own mind. If this is the case for you, try to pinpoint the emotion that is overwhelming you, and who or what is causing it. By identifying the root of the problem, you will already be on your way out of the water and back to the surface.


If you see an object underwater in your dream, this could be representative of a suppressed feeling. Think about what the object means to you, and what memory it may possibly trigger. Maybe there’s a sinking book, which reminds you of going to the library with one of your parents when you were younger. Can you remember something that happened at the library that gives you a strong feeling? When you figure out what that object represents, think deeply about that memory. Re-experience the event and allow yourself to feel what you need to feel. This will help you to free yourself from this suppressed emotion.

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Juliette Laura -September 24, 2013, 10:16AM

This is insane, because I actually had a dream about drowning last night. Thank you for the clarity!

xo, Juliette Laura

madi -September 24, 2013, 12:38PM

Thank you so much for this post! Under water dreams are a very common occurrence for me.

~ madi

Madeline Greene -June 24, 2014, 6:22AM

Under water dreams are the common dreams but the every person have its own perspective which seems to beautiful for him or bad for him. we should try to check the dream dictionaries for the meaning and the lesson about our dream. Thanks.

Allariah -January 3, 2016, 12:04PM

thanks you!!!!

Ryan -January 11, 2016, 6:35PM

I had a dream last night of being in a pool, it was clear but salty. I am being pulled under and held there and no matter how much I struggle I can’t break the grasp of what is holding me. This is the first dream I have had like this, in that most I am flying either as a Voyuer or in total lucid control. So what is going on? Fear of acceptance and/or blame of or for a unsettled experience? Some strange form of survivors guilt? All insights of all walks are welcome, as are other theories.

A -April 18, 2016, 11:35AM


b -April 18, 2016, 11:35AM

yo yo yo brothas hang tight!

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