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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.

BOATS : Boats tend to link to issues involving continuous excitement and emotional momentum. They may link to parties and friends that we have had or are about to have. They link to the other things that excite us such as ideas, books, and work projects. In another sense the boat may link to a wish to achieve such a sense of excitement. They may also have a negative side. Boats can link to moments when we have been carried along and pushed into doing something.
QUESTIONS to help you make associations(pick the one that makes most sense to you)
- Did you feel a real sense of emotional momentum yesterday?
- Do you feel emotionally swayed or carried along?
- Was someone emotionally very involved yesterday?

KEY WORDS : Involved, interested, emotional momentum, emotionally animated,friendships, parties, emotionally swayed, good times, occupied

KEY PHRASES(Pick a quote which captures your feelings right now. Think especially of the day before the dream) :
- "feeling involved"
- "I feel emotionally connected"
- "a strong emotional connection"
- "having a good time with friends"
- "I tend to be carried along by the atmosphere"
- "I was swayed emotionally"
- "he was emotionally animated"


SEE ALSO : Pirates : Swimming : Swamp : Lakes : Rivers : Beaches : Dolphins : Whales : Sharks
DREAM STUDIES : Boats: 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 boats in dreams?

Over a period of time I have managed to collect a vast amount of dreams and many of these have very strong interpretations. So now it is possible to see what in practice a particular symbol means. Of course boats are just like anything else in dreams and their meaning maybe very personal to the dreamer but the vast majority of dreams use boats as symbols.

Its often best to go back to basics and boats of course sit in the water and water is very symbolic in itself. Water is linked to our unconscious feelings and to the ever changing and moving emotions within us. So boats are naturally associated with their 'parent' symbol the water. But how exactly?

By studying dream interpretations about boats its possible to see that various words and phrases seem to come up time and time again such as "involved","carried along","emotionally excited","having a good time","emotionally animated" and "emotionally connected". So then its possible to say that boat dreams are often linked to emotional excitement.

They can link for instance to moments when we are having a good time or thinking about an upcoming party with friends. They have linked with the following emotions

"I am really looking forward to my sleep over at my friends house. I am sure that we will ENJOY it"[Dream Dictionary - boat dream]

"Its great that my son and grandchild are moving back to our city - we will have so many GOOD TIMES."[Dream Dictionary - Boat dream]

"Yesterday was really good. We had a great time rearranging the kids bedroom. I managed to keep them INVOLVED in the task"[Dream Dictionary - military boat dream]

Dreams featuring boats have also symbolised the way we connect and bond with people. E.g.

"Its strange bumping into my best friend from school. All those GREAT MEMORIES have come flooding back"[Dream Dictionary - ocean liner]

"I do not seem to be CONNECTING with my girlfriend right now"[Dream symbol - boat]

"So far things have been going so well for me here. I do hope that little incident will not spoil the ATMOSPHERE here and sense of TOGETHERNESS"

"I really want to create some time for me and my husband. We never really get a chance to talk and BE TOGETHER"[Dream Dictionary - ferry]

"I want to spend some QUALITY TIME with my husband but at the same time I do not want to distract him from his new responsibilities at work."[Dream symbol - Ferry]

Some of these boat dreams are linked to having a good time with people but dreams group things together by the emotions felt. Obviously we can get excited by people but we can also get excited by books , ideas and projects that we are working on. They capture that same feeling within the mind. They move and excite us in the same way and allow us to throw all our energies into one thing.

"The bad weather has made me have to find some other interests to get INVOLVED with."[Dream Dictionary - River boat dream]

But do not make the mistake that if a symbol appears in your dream it has an automatic meaning. Sometimes dreams can link to the absence of a feeling of excitement.

"That great surge of energy I felt has now gone. It was all connected to having to work night and day on my project. I got so INVOLVED. Now that feeling has disappeared" [Dream Dictionary - shipwreck dream]

Sometimes we want to get excited about something but cannot seem to manage to achieve that feeling of involvement. E.g.

"I recently found out that I have Jewish blood in my family and started to think about it all. But I do not know many facts about this so I felt unable to CONNECT and relate emotionally to this in any meaningful sense. I wanted to discover my past but could not"[Dream Dictionary - wire bottomed boat sinks]

Also do not make the mistake of believing that boats are always good symbols connected with good emotions. Often they show us being carried along and influenced by others in the heat of the moment.

"It all HAPPENS SO QUICKLY and he has this way of dragging me into the stupid things that he does. I was CARRIED ALONG by the emotions of the moment"[Dream symbol - boat dream]

"My dad just started talking in the way he does - SWAYING YOUR EMOTIONS and making you do things"[Dream Dictionary - boat]

Sometimes you need to also understand that a boat ride is often rocky and is influenced by the waves around us. So the main meaning is that we are trying to keep on an even keel and enjoy the world around us. But often the world around us maybe turbulent. So the boat maybe suggests that you are having to navigate through difficult emotions and its sometimes not easy to cope e.g.

"My father has had chest pains and I do not like him to get too excited and involved in stressful situations"[Dream Dictionary - father drives boat dream]

"Its always so difficult with my father. Its just a constant STREAM OF BAD EMOTIONS"[Dream Dictionary - kayaking in rough water]

Overall boat dreams link to our state of mind and adjusting contentedly and smoothly to situation around us

"Now my project is over I will have to find a way of adjusting to a slower pace. But I find it more difficult to go at a more sedate pace and keep that sense of INVOLVEMENT and ACTIVITY"[Dream Dictionary - gently moving boat]

THE DREAM I was at work and had a fight with some people. The argument was work related and has something to do with how things should be done. My colleagues were so angry with me that they threatened to report me to higher management.

True enough, after a few hours, the president called for me. When I stepped into the president’s office, I quickly noticed that he looked like my ex-boss (the first company I worked for about 10 years ago, he was the president of that company too). I was ready for some confrontation as I thought that my colleagues connived against me, but instead I was received by him with a huge grin. He then handed me two small rectangle boxes that looked like some sort of oversized video cases, saying, “I am offering you a job to do the BANNER.” And inside those two small rectangle boxes were supposedly several items that I have no clue about and some keys.

The job description is leading a team supporting speed boat racing. I will be managing people, the day to day activities, the logistics and etceteras behind the speed boat racing team. We are also expected to travel all over the world with it.

THE REALITY The dreamer was without a job at the time but actively seeking employment. She was building up some momentum in searching for jobs. She was active on the job boards. This ex-boss president of the company she worked for 10 years ago gave her a break. He believed in her despite her lack of experience and skills in the work he offered her.

DREAM ANALYSIS We often get dreams about our strategy and feelings towards something. Work tasks that involve emotions are especially so. If we are unemployed then we may get dreams related to our efforts to find a job. In this case the ex-boss was someone who meant something very specific. He was someone who believed in her. Its likely then that the dreamer is reminding herself of her skills and achievements and reinforcing her own belief in herself. In particular she needs to have confidence in herself going after jobs she has not got the exact skill requirements.

The other dreams also link to her strategy and attempts to find work. The banner is a symbol of the need to advertise and promote her own abilities.

Boats in dreams are symbols of emotional momentum. Whilst unemployed its easy to become downbeat about yourself. A speedboat symbolises a very excited and enthused sense of journey within the dreamer. It probably captures this feeling - "if I get some enthusiasm going it will help me build up my own confidence. Confidence is so important. So if I throw myself into the attempts to find work it creates a mood of belief which all helps convince a potential employer."

Symbolic Meanings
BANNER : "a need to advertise and promote your own skills"
EX -PRESIDENT : "a need to have the same belief in herself that he had in her"
SPEED BOAT : "a need to build up a sense of momentum and excitement. Creating a buzz helps improve her own confidence in herself"

Here are some other sound bites featuring boats

"I just am not sure how this would actually be achieved."[Dream symbol - River boat]

"Its always so difficult with my father. Its just a constant STREAM OF BAD EMOTIONS"[Dream Dictionary - kayaking in rough water]

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