Most dreams will translate into thoughts which you are all too familiar with. For instance, a "sink" dream could link to the word "depressed" (which is one of the key words and phrases below) and the dream capture a thought like "I have slowly been sinking into depression. I need to adress this." That phrase is one of many translations of this type of dream. Look at the list below for clues on what this dream could mean.

- "depressed"
- "emotionally engulfed"
- "overwhelmed by stress"
- "very emotional"
- "its too much for me"
- "not coping"
- "failure"
- "disappearing from view"
- "needing help"
- "deteriorating"
- "destroy them" "stop them"
- "I tried to make progress but..."

Dreams make associations. Think of anything that comes to mind when you read through the list of word associations above. Dreams will especially link to recent thoughts and moods. If you can think of a way in which you might use one of these words then the dream may just capture that exact thought. Dreams will translate into conscious thoughts - the type of thing you would write down in a diary.


Example dream : In one dream a boat sinks and the dreamer has to swim. In real life the dreamer had just had a conversation with a woman. Just before falling asleep she thought "how could she not know that she is part asian?" Then she remembered that she had some Jewish relatives in the past and does not know how or why her family ended up Christian. How could this dream link to that? Dreams will often be triggered by thoughts just before we fall alseep. But what is the connection? Perhaps the dreamer thought "at some point there must have been some crisis and things totally changed." In that case the sinking boat could simply represent that all change moment.
Example dream : A ship sinking represented the dreamers worst fears about her friend his and aunt who both seemed in turmoil when she spoke to them on the phone. She had not heard back from either and her mind was wondering what was happening. (her fear was that her friend and aunt had emotionally 'sinking' just like the 'Titanic'). The dream revolved around these themes of "worst fears" and "emotional turmoil" and the the first dream probably captured this exact thought "I am thinking the worst about my aunt and my friend" and the second dream probably caught this thought "I shouldn't worry too much as they are probably both just fine." Two dreams in the same night can capture two different viewpoints as our emotions swing first one way and then the other. Dreams link to our intuitions and these are often just a best guess.
Example dream : In one dream the dreamer sees a car sink and tries to help the people but cannot save them all. In real life his life was coming to a crisis point as his wife threatened to leave him if he did not get a job. Dreams symbols are not literal they are metaphors. Their meaning links to something we associate with that symbol. What can you associate with a car sinking? What emotions do you feel and how do these emotions have relevance in a real life situation? If you saw your car sink you might feel "everything is lost" and "I had to watch desperately." In real life the dreamer was told by his wife that she might leave him if he couldn't get a job. In this situation he couldn't do much immediately (like in the dream). So we can say that the dream mirrors this exact feeling "She told me she might leave me if I don't get a job. The worst thing about it is that I can only do so much. I am seeing my life fall apart before my eyes but cannot do anything."
Example dream : A dream in which the dreamer has that "sinking feeling" took place at a time when the dreamer was getting into trouble and was fighting with her mother a lot. So this dream seems to mirror her emotions may be catching this exact feeling "my life seems to be going downhill and there is nothing I can do about it". The dreamer did mention that she missed her father and felt that he would have helped her through this crisis and would have put her back on the right track.
Example dream : A dream with a picture of a sinking ship linked to the dreamer thinking about his health more. He knew he had to take more responsibility for his health. The sinking ship was a symbol of his depressive outlook. He was like someone on a sinking ship feeling as if the end was near. The sinking ship links by association with feelings like "the end is near", "we are doomed" and other depressive feelings. The symbolism of "sinking" was be translated into the word "depressive", and the dreams meaning was linked to an obvious way in which the dreamer might use this word, which in this case was "I need to be more positive. My health is getting worse and I need to be less depressive."

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