Dreams are metaphors so try to think of a quote that includes the phrase "like I was drowning" such as "yesterday I was unable to cope - I felt like I was drowning" Understanding dreams is not so difficult. In practice dream symbols translate into certain words within the English language. For instance a drowning dream may simply capture your feeling that "yesterday I was overwhelmed" and so drowning may translate into the word "overwhelmed" as drowning was a metaphor for you feeling overwhelmed.

In practice drowning could translate into many words - here is the full list - "desperate","suffering","illness","overwhelmed","terrible consequences","appalling","save","wanting to protect","swamped","failing","someone important to you","crisis", "hard times","worried","not coping","depression","ability to handle crisis". (Try to see how these words are relevant. We will discuss why these words are on the list later).

Now try to see how words in this list feature in your thoughts. Think of the things that you write down in a diary or tell a friend. Its likely that dreams translate into conscious thoughts that you are all too aware of - nowadays not many people believe in the unconscious mind. If any of the thoughts that you have seem to feature words on the list then its likely that the dream could link to that exact thought - it may even portray that exact thought process. So if you have been feeling that "My friend is very depressed" then drowning in a dream may portray that feeling exactly. Often one of these key words will feature in just one thought. If key words were to feature in more than one issue then the dream could represent either issue. So you would look for further clues.

By studying hundreds of dreams we now know that dreams will tend to link to these types of feeling
- "Yesterday 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... "
- "He is so important to me"

WHY ARE THESE KEY WORDS LINKED TO THIS SYMBOL? - "desperate" (obviously if you are drowning then you extremely desperate)
- "suffering" (if you are drowning then you are suffering)
- "illness" (if you are really ill with something you feel as if you are drowning metaphorically)
- "overwhelmed" (drowning is something that will overwhelm you)
- "terrible consequences"
- "appalling" (a drowning is something appalling and so act as a metaphor for anything that is appalling)
- "save" (if someone is drowning then you can save that person. Saving someone maybe a metaphor for anyone you wish to save or some cause which you have to heart).
- "wanting to protect" (if you jump into save someone it shows you really care) - "swamped" (if you are drowning then you are swamped) - "failing" (if you are failing at something then you feel metaphorically as if you are drowning) - "someone important to you" (if someone is important to you you would jump into a river to save them) - "crisis" (a drowning is obviously a crisis and so could be a metaphor for any crisis)
- "hard times" (during hard times we feel as if we are lowly drowning)
- "worried" (you maybe metaphorically drowning in worries) - "not coping" (if you are drowning you are clearly not coping so a drowning dream could represent any situation where you or someone is not coping) - "depression" (you may feel as if you are metaphorically drowning with depression)
- "ability to handle crisis" (your dream may provide a test for someone - how they perform shows how you feel they will handle a crisis)

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?

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Example dream : A dream about a drowned rat linked to the day before where the dreamer had met a man who was really desperately ill. This illness was getting too much for him (he was suffering in the way someone suffers when they drown). The dreams specific meaning deals with this theme of "desperate illness" and "suffering" and links to this exact thought process "I was shocked by how ill he is. I really do not know what I can do for him"
Example dream : Drowning in a dream linked to the dreamer talking to a friend the previous day who was overwhelmed. The meaning of this dream featured this theme of "feeling overwhelmed" and probably linked to this exact thought "MY friend was so down and depressed. I tried my best to cheer her up last night." The metaphor was simple "my friend is so upset. It is LIKE she is drowning."
Example dream : Not drowning in a tidal wave symbolised the dreamers feeling that there were no immediate problems caused by her bad behaviour. Drowning would have symbolised the terrible consequences which her action could have caused (e.g. it could have been much worse)
Example dream : A dog that was drowned was linked to the dreamer being fired from her job in the most appalling mess up. Drowning was a symbol for the terrible way in which she was fired. The drowning captured this feeling "it was terrible" an the dream meaning captured this thought process "I was fired yesterday but I am angry in the way it was handled."
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer's best friend nearly drowns linked to him getting a new girlfriend. The dreamer felt "here we go again. Soon he is going to have another broken heart." (if we have a broken heart then we feel emotionally drowned)
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer sees her niece almost drowns linked to her arguments the day before with her boyfriend because he was always breaking his promises. The "drowning" translates symbolically into words like "unsafe" and "avoid in the future" and "That was a big shock to my system". The fact that the child nearly drowns but does not hints at feelings like "thats something to be avoided" and "in future". The dream probably tapped into thoughts like "That was a big shock to my system. I am starting to realise how bug a liar he is. He is a big let down."
Example dream : A dream in which the dreamer saves an ex was linked to his continued belief that they should be together. Drowning was symbolic of his belief that she needed him to save her.
Example dream : Drowning in one dream represented the dreamers thoughts about her husbands relationship with their son. The dream caught this sort of feeling "My husband works long hours and he is not really as close to our son as I wish he could be. He could make more effort with him." So her dream has created a story where her husband is not there at crucial times. This helps express her key feeling that he could be a better father. Of course this is all theoretical and might change the next day. It does not say anything about his true abilities as a father. It just shows that on this day she was thinking how her husband is missing out on his son growing up and is not there at crucial moments.
Example dream : A sister drowning dream took place at the time when the sister was overwhelmed by the problems she had(if you are drowning you are completely overwhelmed)
Example dream : A dream in which the dreamer's mother is drowning took place as the dreamer and her mother were both worrying whilst waiting for the dreamers exam results. The drowning was a symbol of the extent of this worry.
Example dream : Trying to help people drowning in a car linked to the dreamer being unemployed and feeling increasingly desperate about his relationship and finances.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer is nearly drowned took place the day before the dreamer was due to see her doctor for her deteriorating health.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamer fears drowning took place as the dreamer found out that she was pregnant. The fear of drowning was a symbol of her need to her need to look after herself and avoid danger during pregnancy.
Example dream : A dream in which the dreamers grandmother nearly drowns took place while the dreamer had been worrying about her grandmothers safety during a huge storm. The drowning was a symbol of a situation which gave obvious concern for her grandmothers well being.
Example dream : A drowning dream linked to the dreamer feeling anxious and nervous and totally swamped by a situation.
Example dream : A drowning dream linked to the dreamer thinking through how she was coping the previous day. She was starting to think she did not have the abilities for a course she was enrolled on.
Example dream : A drowning dream linked to the dreamers fears about her Nan not being able to cope during some particularly bad weather where she lived.
Example dream : A drowning dream linked to the dreamer finding out she was pregnant. This was good news but she was feeling overwhelmed and worried that she might not be a good mother(this was her first child).
Example dream : A drowning dream linked to the dreamer having started a new job. She felt as if she did not fit in and was finding it difficult to talk to her co-workers. She was not really coping very well.
Example dream : A drowning dream linked to the dreamer starting a new project. She was worried that she might fail miserably.
Example dream : A drowning dream linked to the dreamer feeling confused and not knowing what to do about something - she felt like crying.
Example dream : A drowning dream symbolised the dreamers recent feelings of depression.
Example dream : A saved from drowning linked to the dreamer praying to God before going to sleep. She knew that God would be there if she was in a crisis.
Example dream : A saved from drowning dream linked to the dreamer wanting to know his exam results. He simply could not stop thinking about it. The drowning symbolised him worrying none stop about something that he had no power to alter.
Example dream : A woman drowning dream linked to the dreamer thinking about what a bad year they had had. They had been through some hard times.
Example dream : A dream where the dreamers son was drowning and his wife gives him CPR linked to him thinking about his relationship with his son. His wife always managed to understand him yet he always found it difficult. The drowning symbolised the dreamers thoughts about how good a father he was - how well he could manage a crisis.
Example dream : A saving a friend from drowning dream liked to the dreamer helping out her friend who was very negative and did not seem to be coping very well.

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