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Did You Dream About Being Underwater? Here's What It Means

When an interesting dream vision like being underwater is revealed in dreams, it can have many potential interpretations.

Here are 3 possible interpretations of dreams involving this dream from our dream guides.

Which meaning explains your dream the best?


What does being underwater mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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Mary Leyen
Dream Expert,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

A dream about being underwater often hints at feeling overwhelmed or submerged in your emotions. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

It can also represent a desire for exploration and discovery, as the underwater world is often mysterious and unknown. Seeing something or someone else underwater can indicate that you feel they are in over their heads or not showing their true feelings.

It can also suggest that you are trying to understand them on a deeper level. Both of these dreams highlight the importance of emotions and the subconscious in your current life.

Being underwater can be a deep and fascinating dream image to to really give you a single answer for. To say for certain, I'd need to really get to know the dreamer's background and circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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Ernesto Andrahi
Psychoanalyst,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of being submerged underwater can indeed be a manifestation of the unconscious mind's struggle with overwhelming emotions or situations.

Some alternatives: However, from a Freudian perspective, it may also represent repressed desires or fears, submerged in the id, seeking expression. Seeing another entity underwater, by contrast, could symbolize your projection of these repressed elements onto others. It may also indicate your unconscious attempt to delve into the depths of another's psyche, reflecting your own quest for self-understanding. Both of these dreams underscore the intricate interplay between the conscious and unconscious realms of the psyche, emphasizing the need for introspection and emotional clarity.

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3. The spiritualist's interpretation

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Liz Morrison
Shaman and Spirit Guide,
Contributor: "3 of Dreams Book of Dreams"

Dreaming of being underwater points to things like a spiritual immersion, a deep dive into the soul's depths. It's a call to explore your inner world, to understand your emotions and hidden aspects of self. It's a journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening. Seeing someone or something else underwater, by contrast, suggests a spiritual connection with that person or object. It's a sign that you're being called to help them navigate their emotional depths or that they have a lesson to teach you. Both of these dreams are spiritual invitations to delve deeper into your emotional and spiritual self, to seek understanding, growth, and enlightenment.

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So whose dream interpretation works the best for you?

Which of the above interpretations for being underwater best matches your dream?

Only you can say for sure. Bear in mind that our subconscious mind can be a multifaceted thing to understand. Any image in a dream can symbolize many different meanings — or result from many different themes from our conscious lives.

Do you have a better dream interpretation on dreams about being underwater that you'd like to share? Chime in with your own thoughts to the comment area at the bottom of this page.

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