Saturday, March 15, 2008

Drowning Dream

The other night I dreamt I was swimming in a shallow river. Suddenly, the waters receded as if before a tsunami. Somebody yelled that a flash flood was coming. I felt the current quicken, and the volume of water in the river swelled. Struggling to hold onto the dirt bank, I realized that I didn't have the strength to hoist myself out of the river. I knew that I would soon be swept away, that drowning was inevitable. "So this is it," I thought, and tried to come to terms with my fate.

I woke up before I actually died, but I knew without a doubt it was coming in my dream.

Curious, I Googled the meaning of drowning, and came up with the following:

To dream that you are drowning, signifies that you are overwhelmed by emotions or repressed issues that is coming back to haunt you. You may be proceeding too quickly in trying to discover your unconscious thoughts and therefore must proceed more cautiously and slowly. If you drown to death, then is refers to an emotional rebirth. If your survive the drowning, then a waking relationship or situation will ultimately survive the turmoil.

I also found this:

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DROWNING : Drowning can suggest that you are overcome by an issue. It symbolises a sense of powerlessness and often a lack of control. So look for issues which are dogging your mind that leave you with that sense of powerlessness.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you feel overwhelmed on the day before the dream?
- Have you been depressed recently?
- Is there some skills that you are really struggling to master recently?
- Is there some issue that you have no control over?

KEY WORDS : overwhelmed, depressed, unable to cope, lacking ability, lacking control, helping calm someone down(write down some quotes that capture your key feelings on issues that have been dominating your mind. Then see if any of these words could appear in those quotes)

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "I was unable to cope"
- "What if I get totally overwhelmed?"
- "I cannot do it - I simply lack the ability"
- "I have absolutely no control over it"
- "I have not mastered this new skill"
- "I have been depressed recently"
- "I want to help because he is clearly in difficulty but... "

2 comments:

bart said...

hi ali, how curious indeed... i've been wondering on the same subjects myself recently and digging into my dream world to try to find a few pointers in life...

keep well...

Linda said...

I had all sorts of dreams about water when I was going through a divorce-dark water, flash floods, being in boats. I think your findings were right-feeling like you can't control your own life, and that emotions are overwhelming.