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Bookmark to: StumbleUpon Bookmark to: Facebook DREAM DICTIONARY : This dream dictionary is based upon hundreds of real dreams and has been meticulously researched. However, the only person who can truly identify the cause of a dream is the dreamer. Use the questions and quotes on this page to help you find out what has triggered your dream.

BEACHES: A beach is where the sea(symbolic of our feelings) and the land(symbolic of the facts about our life) meet. It therefore links to issues involving how things are working out in practice. It may show that we are holding strong feelings about some issue yet in practice that experience is not born out by the reality. It may also show that you are simply in a reflective mood about your life and how you are reacting to changes within it.

QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Do you have some intuitional doubts about something?
- Have you started to take a long hard look at some relationship?
- Have you changed your mind about something that you do such as a hobby?
- What sensitive feelings became apparent yesterday?

KEY WORDS : In practice, the facts, present difficulties, my feelings

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "in practice things are not working out"
- "I used to enjoy it but now..."
- "I know it seems brilliant but I just have some worries"
- "I know how I feel but the facts are"
- "I just need time to think about it"
- "I want to know how I really feel about this"
- "our present difficulties"
- "I realise how things have become"


SEE ALSO : Swimming : Swamp : Lakes : Rivers : Boats : Dolphins : Whales : Sharks
DREAM STUDIES : Rivers: Water: Seas
METHODS : For a full explanation of the methods used in this dream study CLICK HERE
Below you will see a series of quotes. Each quote represents the meaning of a particular dream(these are all dreams where the meaning is understood totally). For instance one dream may have meant that the dreamer was having trouble at work. In that case the quote may simply be "There is a bad atmosphere at work". Some information is included about which dream symbols were included in the dream(within the squares brackets). Often a sample dream is included which shows you how the dream interpretation was reached.
ESSAY : What is the symbolic meaning of beaches in dreams?

The beach is where the facts about your life(symbolised by the land)meet your feelings(the ever moving and flowing sea). So in many cases the beach symbolises the changes in your emotions and your reaction to changes in your life circumstances.

In other cases the beach may simply mean that you are reviewing your feelings generally and having a moment of reflection. E.g.

"I do like my boyfriend but there is no rush and no race to make this serious. Its best to have TIME TO THINK"[Dream Dictionary - beach][The dream on which this quote is based upon is featured in full at the end of this article]

"I love my family and my niece. But sometimes I think I am being held back by family. There are things I wish to do and places I wish to go"[Dream symbol - anchored boat]

"I know that I find it difficult to talk to my crush. But I know that given time we will overcome our PRESENT DIFFICULTIES"[Dream Dictionary - entering the ocean]

"Well this holiday has given me a chance to think about the pay rise that I want. I just wonder how I should approach the subject "[Dream Dictionary - water park by sea]

"I realised how unhappy I have become and I know now that I have got to do something about it"[Dream Dictionary - beach]

In many cases you are looking at how things in practice are working out. E.g.

"I know we love each other yet IN PRACTICE I know we have to split. I had a serious talk with him yesterday and we have decided to part"[Dream symbol - children on beaches]

"I feel elated to be pregnant. But in reality it really scares me. IN PRACTICE I have no idea what to do as a mother"[Dream Dictionary - skyscraper hit by waves]

"I have got to accept that the relationship must end. Its just not working IN PRACTICE"[Dream Dictionary - seaside pier]

"I want to talk to her about her FEELINGS right now but IN PRACTICE its not easy"[Dream Dictionary - steps into sea]

"I had strong feelings for her but I thought it could never work out in practice"[Dream Dictionary - beach]

"Well I got the job which is great but IN PRACTICE I have got many worries about it"[Dream Dictionary - beach]

"I want to take over from him as teacher but IN PRACTICE I wonder if I have the skill"[Dream Dictionary - beach]

"I am now finding it difficult to be involved and relaxed with people. I do want to but in FACT its not happening"[Dream Dictionary - cliff overlooking beach]

"I know I do love you but I know that in practice I have been neglecting you"[Dream Dictionary - beach]

"well I do enjoy work generally but just recently the FACTS are that I am not enjoying the problems at work"[Dream Dictionary - beach]

"Well I had been feeling down but the great results I got that day really helped me snap out of it"[Dream Dictionary - beach]
DREAM TIP : Try to remember what you thought of when you woke up. Often if you start to immediately think of some pressing issue or some long term problem then its likely that the dream captures those very thoughts.
THE DREAM I had a dream that I was on a boat in the ocean. It was a sunny day and the waters were calm. At some point I found myself underwater, looking up at sharks. I could see their mouths and teeth very clearly, and I felt nervous, but they never did anything threatening. I don't know how but I then found myself on the boat again, there was a big, beautiful yellow fish tied down to the bow. I could see it gasping, and dying. I pulled it free from the ropes and released him. Then I must have dived off of the boat and was swimming away, but not towards any beach - just swimming. My body was so strong, I remember with each stroke the whole top half of my body would come out of the water.

THE REALITY The dreamer was at somewhat of a crossroads. She had been trying to figure out if she had made a mistake in both her job and current relationship, and whether or not she need to move on in both scenarios. She still lacks a definitive answer. She was woken by her boyfriend who was phoning her up.

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I am unsure of my own feelings right now. I am unsure of my job and my relationship. I am wondering what my feelings are."

DREAM ANALYSIS Well dreams like this are probably very hard to interpret. They are by their very nature very symbolic. There are no people in the dream Generally speaking dreams involving swimming will involve you showing emotional effort. They show that you are in some way not happy about your emotions in some way. Sharks too must be a sign of troubles and of resentments emotionally.

The boat is symbolic of emotional momentum. If you are in the boat it will generally link to some emotional feelings that you are sure about. Boats can link to friends and happy times. In this case they probably symbolise sureness. Here the dreamer says that she was having doubts. The boat in the dream could represent those doubts. The boat represents sureness because if you are sure then you have a sense of confidence in your opinion. But here she jumps off the boat into the water showing that she is not sure. That she has maybe overreacted to something.

Fish in dreams tend to link to subconscious feelings forming. They symbolise emotions maybe even of others. They link to subconscious thoughts. They symbolise moments when you are trying to work out what your own views are or what other peoples emotions are.

Of course such a dream can be seen to link to the dreamers doubts about her boyfriend and job. Its difficult to tell for sure. But all these symbols link to the emotions so it has to be an obvious target. But you can never be so sure in such a symbolic dream.

The beach is probably the most telling symbol here. It symbolises where the facts(the land) meet our feelings(the sea) in dreams. So beaches then will link to situations where we have emotional clarity. But going out to sea could link to situations where we have feelings on a subject but they are just related to emotions and not to the facts. They may relate to emotional undercurrents and feelings that swim about in our subconscious. So the one clear symbol here is the beach or lack of one. The dreamer is therefor thinking through things on a purely emotional level.

Symbolic Meanings
BEACH : "think about our emotions in a practical way - reflecting on our emotions and the reality of our situation - knowing how we really feel"
BOAT : "emotional momentum - sureness in the dreamers mind about her doubts"
FISH : "The dreamer has a strong sense of what she wants"
SHARKS : "the dreamers strong sense of resentment with her boyfriend and job"
SWIMMING STRONGLY : "Emotional effort - the dreamer is going to carry on but and will probably put her doubts to one side for now but she knows what she wants"

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