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What Does It Mean to Dream of Someone Drowning?

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Drowning in a dream is traumatic. When you see someone else drowning, it can be even worse. If you are unable to save them, you feel helpless and desperate. This is certainly the case if you actually know the individual in your dreams. When you dream of someone drowning, it can mean a number of different things. To figure out the true meaning, you have to look at how you feel in the dream, who is drowning and exactly what happens next.

dream of loved one drowning

Dreaming that you are personally drowning tends to show that you are overwhelmed by your feelings. A repressed emotion or experience from the past may be coming back to haunt you. The dream shows that you are in the process of trying to unearth your subconscious thoughts, but you are moving too quickly with them. The sense of drowning is because you should move slower as you learn to understand these feelings. If you die from drowning, it actually shows an emotional rebirth. Meanwhile, surviving the experience shows that a situation or relationship in your real life will survive the turmoil that you currently feel.

What If It Is Someone Else Drowning?

When you dream of someone drowning other than yourself, it often shows that you are becoming too involved in something. There may be a situation where you have become too involved in everything that is happening, and it feels like everything is beyond your control. You feel like you are drowning in your dream because you feel like you are drowning in your real life.

Another reason why you may dream of someone drowning is because it feels like you are losing your identity. This type of thing often happens when you become involved with someone romantically. It is easy to lose your own sense of identity as you become wrapped up in your identity as a couple. While this is understandable and quite common, it can make your own emotional and mental health take a nosedive. It feels like you are losing yourself and are unable to differentiate who you actually are.

dream of drowning child

What If You Rescue Someone From Drowning?

As we mentioned before, the dreams about someone drowning can really vary in meaning depending on what actually happens in the dream. When you are rescuing someone from drowning, it shows something entirely different than when someone is just drowning in the dream. In this case, it generally demonstrates that you have succeeded in recognizing the emotions and characteristics represented by the victim. You are allowing yourself to be vulnerable and to truly understand your feelings. Now, you are able to accept help from others and are able to maintain your identity within the relationship.

When you dream that you are rescuing someone from drowning and fail, then it shows a sense of fear. You may be numb with fear in your real life, which is preventing you from taking action. The fear is holding you back, so you have to figure out which situation causing this feeling to happen.

In the majority of cases, a dream about drowning is a sign that you have gotten too deep into something or you have gone father than you should have. You have to take a step back and analyze your life to see what it could mean. Often, the person who is drowning shows the person or situation that you are too deeply involved in. They or the situation they represent may be clouding your life. It is causing you to be imbalanced emotionally, physically and mentally. Because of all this, it is hard for you to find the peace that you need and to be happy.

Other Interpretations

There are different variations of this dream, and they all have slightly different meanings. We will cover some of the most common dream variations on drowning that you may encounter.

Sinking: If you are sinking in the dream, it may mean that you are being weighed down by the stress and burdens in your life. It could also mean that there is a relationship or project that is on its last legs. The dream may be trying to tell you that the situation is sinking, and you need to jump ship before it is too late.

Baths: If you are drowning in a bath tub, it may show that there is a hidden depth to your emotions. While your emotions initially seem shallow like the tub, there are further depths for you to explore.

Drowning at Sea: Drowning in the ocean shows that there may be an obstacle in your path. You may feel like it is difficult to keep moving forward because this obstacle is blocking your way. Before you can end this type of dream, you have to figure out what the obstacle is and develop a plan for solving it.

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  1. My name is Maryanne and today I had a dream that we were a crowd of people at a certain dam site,,some people were enjoying jumping in the water and swimming across the dam including my brother and other people that I know,my two sisters were tempting to go but I stopped them since they didn’t know how to swim. there were other people who jumped in the water but they didnt know how to swim and they were there drowning. The rest of us who didn’t jump saw that but were hesitant to go save them but I gathered courage and went and saved afew, who I could,,but I was unable to save my former classmate and my nephew who were also drowning and I really felt bad.😧

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. Death is often a sign of a change in a relationship. You will find great benefit in abstaining from consuming violent and dramatic media. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will bring you many benefits in the future, and draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Maryanne!

  2. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I had a dream during a nap in the last few hours that I was approached by people saying my friend was at fathomless depths in a river attached to a fishing line, upon arrival to this very deep river which I feel had no bottom, we all pull the fishing line carefully but it snaps, my friend who is helping me pull the other friend out of the river cries out ‘don’t do this’ like he has no control and I had a black flash and the dream kind of ended like we couldn’t do anything to help? Almost like we lost our friend but never jumped in and that was it ??

    First time I’ve dreamt of someone else dying or out of reach help?

    • Your dream could be a reflection of various influences in your life. It is possible that you have a friend who is looking for help at this time. In your dream, you show that you are interested in helping those in need. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times. This will bring you many benefits in your future. Have a great day, Bradley!

  3. I’m Cedrick last night i had a dream of my late father who was drowning in a ditch and as I saw him drowning I went straight to rescue him but I was scared that he could pull me trough as he will attempt to rescue himself then I call up on a friend who was close by before my friend reached the scene some forces ” courage ” came up on me then I pulled him alone from the ditch. Any interpretation of my dream please

    • Your dream is a reflection of your emotional relationship with your late father. In your dream, you make the decision to support him. This is a positive dream. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will help you honor the memory of your father. Have a great day, Cedrick!

  4. This morning I woke up screaming and was drenched in sweat from a bad dream I had. I remember being some place dark then out of nowhere someone kissed me on the forehead. Then I remember being at the beach it was kinda dark and seeing a teen boy at the beach crying, as he was crawling his way to the water. Then he makes it there and drowns himself. I panicked and screamed because I couldn’t move from where I was.

    • Dreams about death are often indications of change. The drowning aspect of the dream could be a reflection of spiritual beliefs. The presence of suicide in your dream could be a sign that there is someone in your life who needs support at this time. Share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help those in need, and it will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Jocelyn!

  5. Tonight I had a dream about my brother drowned at the bottom of a pool there was 7 steps but there wasn’t any water at first someone else was pointing n saying he was there but when me n my other brother staired at the bottom of the pool we just saw a nickel on the Cary last step so my brother walked dwn the steps n sat dwn n looked n he reached out then he felt something n wrapped his arms around my brother n started to pull him out of the water n started to work on him n he couldn’t do it anymore so I started to work on him as I’m looking at him n crying asking please don’t die please don’t die crying while still putting pressure on his chest finally he responds n he’s alive I wolk up right after that. What does this mean?

    • This dream is not a reflection of the future or of fate. Dreams about death are often indications of your knowledge of change. Drowning may be an manifestation of spiritual thoughts. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Cassandra!

  6. I had a dream where I was trying to help a friend get back to her family as the earth was tearing apart beneath us. Every path we took we were stopped by invisible barbed wire. Finally my friend decided to jump in the river to get to her family. The invisible barbed wire stopped her and she began to drown. I was physically unable to save her and just watched her drown. What does this mean??

    • Your dream is a reflection of various concerns or influences that you have in your life. You will find great benefit in sharing your kindness and compassion at all times. Abstain from consuming violent and dramatic media. Nourish your relationship with your friend, by spending additional time with her in person. Have a great day, John!

    • Even though parents want to protect their child from everything, this is not always possible. Dreaming about a drowning son may just be a reflection on a fear of what will happen if you are not always there to protect your son. Thankfully, this dream generally just represents your own worries and fears about the future, so it is unlikely that it shows what will happen to your son in the future.

  7. I just woke up from a nap that has me feeling intensely overwhelmed. I was driving in the car with my son and the road was not visible because of high rapid waters flowing everywhere. no matter where i tried to drive the water was too fierce and the rapids slowly kept creeping inside the car, eventually the car got sucked out from under me and in a panic I swam to the side and tried to see the car to save my son but it was gone sucked to the bottom. I was screaming for help but no one was around. the thought of only having a few seconds and he was gone, I kept saying he’s gone, someone please help me!! I was frantic trying to find him but the water was too much and the car was gone. I found it very difficult to wake myself up

    • Your dream is a reflection of various influences in your life. It may have been a manifestation of worries or concerns that you may have in your life. Water is often a symbol for change. Ensure that this dream guides you to share your kindness and compassion at all times, as this will draw positive people and energy into your life. Have a great day, Alisha!

  8. I dreamt of me and my friends in a boat in the middle of the sea, one of our friends died due to drowning and his family blamed us. My friend who got drowned in my dream has already passed away last April 2019 due to motorcycle accident. What can be the message of my dream? Has it something to do with my friend or his family? Should i be afraid of my dream? This is the third time that i dreamt of my friend, the other one is he visited us in school and he is not aware that he is dead, and the other dream was few days after his interment, i cannot remember that dream at all.

    • It is normal to dream about someone you care for after they pass away, so your dreams may just be a sign that you miss him and wish he was still around you. The fact that this dream included death may just mean that your subconscious mind is finally coming to terms with the fact that he is really gone. I really wouldn’t worry about it too much because this kind of dream is quite normal.

  9. I used to be a lifeguard, and dreamt I was back with an old staff of mine. We were running a rescue drill and everything was going fine, but then other people in the pool started to drown and the situation became real. We would rescue one person and then another would sink. As we pulled out the victims I would administer CPR, at one point I jumped in to pull another person out because the lifeguard couldn’t keep up with how many people were drowning/sinking. Most we were able to save, but I woke up before knowing if a few of the victims were revived or not.

    • Your dream is a reflection of various stresses in your life. It is certain that there were times during your career as a lifeguard that appeared in this dream. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life. This will help draw positive people and energy toward you. Have a great day, Johanna!

  10. I had a dream that mom jumped into a pool trying to drown herself and my brother and I pulled her out but she continued to jump back in this happened several times before I finally woke up from the dream.

    • This dream may be a reflection of your knowledge of emotional stresses that your mother may have. It is likely that you and your brother are aware of these concerns. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade, ensure that you share your kindness and compassion at all times. If possible, nourish your relationship with your mother by spending additional time with her in person. Have a great day, Alyssa!

  11. I just woke from a dream where I was walking on a wharf with 2 small children one being my youngest daughter, she was much younger than she is in real life though. As we walked she fell on rocks hits her head and got up, but I new she was going to slip so stood there yelling sit, sit which she didn’t got up and fell again into the deep this time I felt I wasted valuable time talking to her and looking to see where to jump so that I don’t jump on her and I jump in foot 1st which i realized after, when I open my eyes I saw her arms stretched out just sinking I was trying to get to her but I couldn’t and with the anxiety in my head of I am going down to far I need to go up for air and no if I do that I won’t find her too many thoughts racing through my mind I woke and didn’t save her. Now I am very emotional about it I really wanted to save her but it was soooo traumatic I couldn’t go back to sleep and here I am.

    • This dream is a reflection of your strong emotional relationship with your daughter. Death is often a manifestation of a change in a relationship. Water and drowning is related to spirituality. Allow the negative aspects of this dream to fade. Ensure that you share your kindness and compassion with everyone in your life, as this will bring you many benefits in the future. Have a great day, Judy!

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