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Did You Dream About Swimming? Here's What It Means

A dream symbol like swimming can be a perplexing one to get one's brain around. Because dreams are abstractions of our subconscious minds, and they may include symbolic references to our waking-life, no single dream interpretation will ever work for everyone.

Below are 3 interesting interpretations of dreams about swimming, seen from very different perspectives.

Which of these explanations best matches your dream vision?

What does swimming mean in dreams?

1. The traditional interpretation

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

Swimming in dreams often represents an exploration of your subconscious or emotional state. But it's often a dream image with multiple nuances.

If you're swimming with ease, it suggests you're comfortably navigating these aspects of your life. If you're struggling, it may indicate emotional turmoil or difficulty coping with subconscious issues. Watching someone else swim could symbolize your perception of how they're handling their own emotional or subconscious challenges. It could also be a reflection of feelings of detachment or being an observer in your own life.

Swimming is often a colorful and puzzling dream experience to to give you a single, definitive meaning for. To say for certain, I'd want to get more information about the dreamer's life and circumstances.

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2. The psychoanalyst's interpretation

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

Dreaming about swimming, from a Freudian perspective, may symbolize the primal desire to return to the womb's comfort and security, a regression to a pre-birth state.

Some additional thoughts: If you're swimming effortlessly, it suggests a harmonious relationship with your inner self, while struggling might indicate unresolved intra-psychic conflicts. Observing someone else swim, by contrast, could represent your projection of these conflicts onto others, or perhaps a latent envy of their perceived ease in navigating their unconscious. It might also signify a sense of alienation, as if you're a bystander in your own psychodynamic processes.0

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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 about swimming signifies your spiritual journey, navigating through the waters of life's experiences. If you swim effortlessly, it indicates a smooth spiritual progression, while struggling suggests obstacles in your spiritual path. Watching someone else swim represents your spiritual connection with others, observing their journey and learning from it. It could also symbolize a feeling of spiritual detachment, urging you to dive deeper into your spiritual self.

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So which dream analysis is best for you?

Which interpretation of swimming best matches your unique situation?

Only you can know for sure. Bear in mind that our higher mind can be a complex and multifaceted place. Each and every object or image from a dream can symbolize a long list of meanings — or symbolize multiple themes from our daily life.

Do you have a slightly different dream analysis on a dream about swimming that you want to share? We'd love to hear your own analysis to the comments below.

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