Dream Interpretation Immersion | Dream Meanings
1- To dream of being totally immersed in water generally indicates the way we handle our own emotions, that we are attempting to find the more innocent part of ourselves which does not need to be affected by- external circumstances. We are attempting to clarify situations and to cleanse ourselves, perhaps of ideas and attitudes that have been suggested to us by other people.
2- To be totally immersed totally focused on something in a dream indicates we very definitely need to be able to concentrate entirely on one particular thought or idea to help us understand ourselves.
3- Transformation and rebirth can only be accomplished by a total immersion in spirituality.
Transformation and rebirth can only be accomplished by a total immersion in spirituality, which is where the symbolism of total immersion in baptism came from, as well as that of being washed clean.
Psychological / emotional perspective: To dream of being totally immersed in water generally indicates the way we handle our own emotions, that we are attempting to find the more innocent part of ourselves that does not need to be affected by external circumstances.
Material aspects: To be totally immersed – totally focused – on something in a dream indicates we need to be able to concentrate entirely on one particular thought or idea to help us understand ourselves we are attempting to clarify situations and to cleanse ourselves, perhaps of ideas and attitudes that have been suggested to us by other people.
Example: ‘I am in deep water, no evidence that it is the sea. I am wearing my heavy brown coat. I have no fear, no feeling of cold and I pleasantly just sink’ (Mrs B). Mrs B is in her 80s, and is preparing for death in her dreams.
The water in her dream has the feeling of being womblike, suggesting that she senses death as a return to a womblike feeling state, with possible rebirth.
Example: ‘I was then standing in front of a senes of glass water tanks. I had apparently written an article about the balance between intellect and emotion, which had presented emotion in a way to show its equal value with intellect.
The tanks had water flowing through them with a series of valves. This demonstrated the different relationships between intellect and emotion. Some tanks were beautifully clear and colourful, showing the right balance.
The unbalanced ones had weed growing in them. I was then in a lift with a young woman. We moved close together and kissed. This moved my feelings so much I felt a great melting feeling in my abdomen, and a lot of body sensation against her body’ (Anthony F). Anthony’s dream perfectly illustrates how water refers to the emotions and flowing body feelings.
Example: ‘I was in a hospital ward—maybe for children. I was there to help them. In the ward was a large oblong tank full of water. I got into the water. I realised all the sick people in the ward bathed in the water—not soap, just immersion. This produced feelings of revulsion. I felt I would take into myself their sickness. I also thought that if I drank the water it would show the patients a positive attitude towards their sickness. They would no longer be afraid, and this would be a factor in their healing’ (Anthony F). Another of Anthony’s dreams in which he is looking at how to meet anxious feelings about his health. He sees that a more positive conscious attitude heals the childhood fears.
Entering water: entering into strong feelings such as might arise in a relationship or new job, sexual relationship, emotions which might stand in one’s way—as a deep lake might, or turgid water. Deep water: the deeps of one’s inner life. Hot water: strong emotions—see example in Introduction. Electricity and water: emotions which can generate very powerful reaction to a situation, such as jealousy or anger. Idioms: make water, muddy the waters; tread water, water something down; turn on the waterworks; water under the bridge; hold water, in hot water, head above water; pour cold water onto something. See fluid; river; rain.
water creatures See fish, sea creatures. ... A Guide to Dreams and Sleep Experiences
1- When we are drowning in a dream this usually indicates we are in danger of being overwhelmed by emotions we cannot handle. We are fearful of allowing our emotions free expression. Drowning may also indicate a perceived inability to handle a stressful situation around us at the time of the dream.
2- We have allowed ourselves to be put in a situation over which we have no control. We may be ‘floundering around’ with no way of being able to escape from a difficulty we are in.
3- Drowning symbolises an immersion in the Sea of Life, and therefore a loss of ego.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
Dreaming of a pool deals with our need for the understanding of our own emotions and inner feelings.
A pool in a wood, for instance, would suggest the ability to understand our own need for peace and tranquillity.
An urban swimming pool might signify our need for structure in our relationships with other people, whereas a pool in the road would suggest an emotional problem to be got through before carrying out our plans.
In order to understand ourselves we may need to explore the pool by totally immersing ourselves in it, that is, to become involved in our own emotions. How we deal with what arises (in more senses than one) will teach us a lot about ourselves.
The pool may suggest a form of cleansing, particularly of old traumas and emotions or of past misdeeds.
The most potent image of that is baptism by immersion.
3- There is a meditation or guided imagery technique which can enhance one’s ability to dream. First, you picture yourselves walking in a field. Feel the grass beneath your feet and the wind on your face. Walk towards a slight dip in the ground which is to your left. At the bottom of this dip there is a pool which is surrounded by trees. Sit quietly by the pool, simply thinking about your life. When you are ready, stand up and walk into the pool very slowly. Feci the water rising slowly up your body until you are immersed completely. At that point let go of all the tensions of the everyday world and concentrate on the peace which is within. Then slowly emerge from the pool, and again sit quietly beside it. When you arc ready, walk back to the point in the field where you started, and let the image fade. By practising this, gradually it will be found that the dream images take on a deeper meaning.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
1- Dreaming of swimming has much the same symbolism as immersion (see Immersion).
To lie swimming upstream in a dream would indicate that the dreamer is going against their own nature. Swimming fish can have the same symbolism as sperm, and therefore can indicate the desire for a child. Swimming in clear water indicates being cleanscd. whereas dark water could symbolise the possibility of depression.
2- Swimming in water will always be symbolic of the emotions, whereas swimming through the air connects with intellectual ability. I’o dream of being a good swimmer shows the ability to be able to handle emotional situations well, whereas being a poor swimmer in a dream could indicate the need to learn how to handle our emotions in a more positive way.
3- Swimming uses a lot of energy in getting from one placc to another. Symbolically it suggests that spiritual energy is being used up when we are moving towards a certain goal.... Ten Thousand Dream Dictionary
The pool may suggest a form of cleansing, particularly of old traumas and emotions or of past misdeeds.
The most potent image of that is baptism by immersion.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
To be swimming upstream in a dream would indicate we are going against our own nature. Swimming fish can have the same symbolism as sperm and, therefore, can indicate the desire for a child. Swimming in clear water indicates being cleansed, whereas dark water could symbolize the possibility of depression.... Dream Meanings of Versatile
Whatever the particular form of the baptism, the principal symbolism is that of death and resurrection / rebirth, the ending of one stage of life and the beginning of another, or the letting go of something in order to take hold of something new and (for you, now) better.
Baptism may be a symbol of self-realization. Through the death of the old and false (because partial) self-image, a new self- the true self- is achieved. (In the religious ritual of baptism the immersion in water represents death and the emergence from the water represents resurrection, new life. The myth of the Flood shows baptismal symbolism on a cosmic scale: water and fire arc the great purifiers, making new life-forms possible by destroying the old.) See also Baby, Drowning, Flood; and Introduction, page 44.... A Dictionary of Dream Symbols
If the bath is nice it indicates that such harmony is near. On the other hand, if the water is too hot or too cold is a sign that sometimes you are not honest enough.
If you are not comfortable with your feelings, taking a bath is like a psychological cleansing. The water represents your emotional nature and the action symbolizes the desire of get rid of old attitudes, negativity, guilt... Some suggest that in this dream the bath water is like the mother’s womb. The subject’s desire is to return to such safety and warmth.
Formerly, it was believed that washing with water eradicated not only dirt from the body but also sins from the soul. Conversely, bathing and cleaning oneself means expelling the subject’s good fortune. To prepare a bath, however, is an omen of a battle won.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
If the dreamer sees herself using it, then it is likely that some events will change her life. On the contrary, to lose or to tear it is a sign of frustrated plans and delays in business.
analysis of a dream
Monica dreamed: “I was a fearless biologist who had been entrusted with the task of analyzing some exotic plants, very difficult to find, that grew in the Amazon. To get them, I had to plunge into a deep swamp with dangerous murky waters, full of poisonous snakes. Still I did not hesitate for a moment; I jumped headfirst into the lake with a machete in my mouth, under the watchful eyes of a native, with white paint on his face, who from the bank held a rope attached to my foot. It did not take any time at all to emerge with a triumphant smile on my face and five samples of these curious plants in my hand. I sat down to examine them and discovered, astonished, that inside their buds, the plant contained tiny human skulls.”
When Monica had this dream she was facing a very difficult situation: they had detected a malignant lump in her left breast, and she had to undergo treatment. Even then, she did not crumble, she trusted in the strength of her body and spirit and made every effort to fight the disease. The stagnant and muddy water of the dream reflected the difficulties she would have to face due to her health problem. However, her immersion in it, despite the danger, highlighted Monica’s fighting spirit. The native, with white paint—like color of her doctor’s gown— and the rope that bound her to him, represented her ties with medicine, her other life raft together with her willpower.
The fact that she completed her mission was none other than an announcement of the happy outcome of her disease. After six months, she got over it for good. The skulls allude to our spiritual doubts about the beginning
and the end of life, the concern that Monica felt about her fate. Plants, like skulls, are symbols of life, personal growth, and development. The dream was announcing to Monica that, despite the difficulties, the experience would make her grow, evolve, and better understand herself.... The Big Dictionary of Dreams
The effort of propelling yourself forward is completely self-motivated and generated exclusively by your own body. This reveals how effectively or ineffectively you are pushing yourself through an emotional challenge in your life.
The ease, pace, and depth of your swim offer a great deal of texture for you to investigate.
The harder you have to work, the more effort is required to arrive at your destination of emotional growth. How fast you are moving will inform you of the speed of the process you are undergoing.
The level of immersion communicates the emotional territory through which you are traveling; being on the surface reflects the emotions you are aware of, whereas swimming underwater implies deeper feelings that reside in your unconscious mind.... Complete Dictionary of Dreams
How the water behaves in your dream is also significant. Rising water indicates rising emotions. Turbulent, choppy waters symbolize being overwhelmed emotionally. Being caught in a swift moving current suggests being ’swept up’ in one’s emotions. Cloudy water suggests lack of emotional clarity or a fear of emotional contamination. Swimming or bathing peacefully in water symbolizes a comfortable immersion in your emotions. The ability to breathe underwater and interact with creatures of the sea indicates that you have access to your unconscious feelings and awareness. Seeing a diver or becoming a diver suggests that you are delving into your unconscious, or trying to ’get to the bottom’ of a current situation or problem. Not surprisingly, Freudians believe that underwater diving may have sexual connotations and represents intercourse.
In addition to fish and sea creatures, what you observe in your underwater dream may be significant.
If you see a sea chest, this indicates what you carry with you on your spiritual quest, or in everyday terms, your spiritual baggage. The sea floor refers to your spiritual foundations. Is it ablaze with color and life, or barely inhabited? Sea foam stands for spiritual confusion or a stirring of your beliefs, seafood for spiritual knowledge and nourishment. Recall the condition and type of food. Sea level pertains to spiritual truths, whilst sea legs suggest spiritual comfort or feeling at home with your spirituality. Sea monsters suggest spiritual danger and an earthquake at sea warns that your beliefs might be shaken. Sea salt stands for strong spiritual beliefs, seashells for spiritual gifts and talents. Recall the quality and quantity of the shells. Sea slugs warn of spiritual laziness or entrapment, sea snails denote a slow and steady progress with your spiritual development, sea sponges stand for spiritual over absorption and sea spray represents spiritual gifts or insights. Finally, coral symbolizes your spiritual attributes, coral fish stand for spiritual protectiveness and guarding your beliefs from outside influences and a coral reef represents the difficulties of maintaining a spiritual balance in the physical world.... The Element Encyclopedia