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

A image like water can be a perplexing one to interpret. Because dreams are like mental echoes of our subconscious minds, and they may include specific references to our waking-life, no single explanation fits every dream about water or any other symbol.

Below are 3 contrasting perspectives on dreams about water, seen from three different viewpoints.

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What does water 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 in water often hints at emotions and how you're dealing with them. But it's not always such a simple interpretation.

Calm water suggests peace and tranquility, while turbulent water may indicate emotional turmoil. If you're submerged, it could represent feeling overwhelmed.

Alternatively, dreaming about drinking water generally symbolizes spiritual nourishment and renewal. It can indicate a thirst for knowledge or a desire for healing and purification. The common themes among these possible variations highlight the importance of water as a symbol of life, emotion, and spiritual growth.

Water is rich and colorful dream object to interpret. To really say for certain, I'd want to get a deeper understanding of the dreamer's past 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 of being in water, from a Freudian perspective, may reflect the unconscious mind's return to the amniotic tranquility of the womb, a symbol of desire for regression or escape from life's complexities.

I'm also thinking generally about water: If the water is turbulent, it could signify the internal conflicts and repressed emotions surfacing. Conversely, drinking water in dreams may be thought of as an embodiment of the ego's quest for wholeness. It may symbolize the assimilation of new knowledge or experiences, akin to the psychoanalytic process itself. The act of drinking can also be viewed as an oral fixation, hinting at unresolved issues from the oral stage of psychosexual development. Both of these dreams underscore water's symbolic role in representing the unconscious and the process of psychoanalysis.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 being in water is a spiritual reflection of your emotional state. If the water is serene, it signifies inner peace and spiritual balance. However, if the water is stormy, it suggests spiritual turbulence, a call to address unresolved issues. Being submerged in water can symbolize a spiritual rebirth, a cleansing of negative energies. Conversely, dreaming about drinking water is a divine message of spiritual replenishment. It signifies your soul's thirst for enlightenment and spiritual wisdom. It can also represent a healing process, purifying your spirit from negativity. The common themes among these dream variations emphasize water's sacred symbolism in spirituality, embodying emotional states, spiritual growth, and purification.

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Which dream interpretation matches your dream?

Which of the above interpretations for water fits with your dream?

Only you can say for certain. Remember that our higher mind can be a complicated thing to understand. Just about any object or action in a dream can represent multiple meanings — or result from multiple forces in our conscious life.

Have a different analysis on dreams about water that you'd like to share? Chime in with your own interpretation in the comment section down below.

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