Holidays at a seaside or by the ocean are associated with something pleasant – with a well-deserved relax, rest…
Usually our dream is in a similar vibe – we are walking on the beach, we hear the sound of the ocean, delicate waves are washing our feet…sometimes we are alone, and sometimes we have company, the day may be hot or cold, it may be getting dark…
It also happens that such a dream is a nightmare – water endangers us, we get caught by the tide and are drowning… a violent storm begins, which may be dangerous to us and our surrounding.
How to interpret a dream about a beach or an ocean?
Dreams about a beach or an ocean are often caused by the physiological impulse – we are thirsty or our bladder is fool and the dream is not the most subtle sign that it is the highest time to visit the toilet.
A dream about a troubled sea or an ocean may be the reflection of our fear of water, it may be also connected with our traumatic experiences of drowning or a sea disaster.
Dreams about water have an important meaning. Water is a significant dream symbol, which is often connected with our hidden emotions and desires, which we are often unaware of. Deep water containers, especially seas and oceans, contain amazing mysteries, fascinating and scary at the same time. It is worth remembering that in cosmology, water means the beginning of everything, it symbolizes the birth and the Mother Goddess, and submerging in it clears the old and creates the new.
It is commonly believed that dreams about water are a good sign – a rest at a seaside or by the ocean may be the portend of new possibilities, which are likely to appear to us; even drowning may have a positive meaning – probably there is a work to be done and we will manage to do it successfully.
It is worth wondering about the quality of water in our dream, as it may be a tip about our hidden emotions. Clear, crystalline water means creativity, the time of development, acceptation and high self-esteem, while a dirty one may bring problems which we are supposed to deal with. Falling into water may mean unexpected changes, while the fear of water (which is not caused by a post-injury trauma) may be related to imbalanced emotions or the fear of learning the truth about ourselves and self-acceptance.
A beach has a very interesting use of metaphors. It is a landform along the shoreline, where sand (associated with an evil, hostile desert), touches a sea or an ocean (majestic, mysterious, containing a lot of amazing creatures). Sand disappearing under water symbolizes the discovered things, while an ocean is the metaphor for our unconsciousness, the things which are unknown. If the ocean is calm, maybe it is a sign that we can try to get to our unconsciousness, as we are ready to do this. If we see troubled water, waves which hitting the rocks, it may indicate that there are scary mysteries inside our mind, and probably we should not penetrate those spheres.
A dream about a beach or an ocean may also mean that we need holidays immediately. If even our unconsciousness is sending us such a message, maybe we should get some well-deserved rest.
How would Freud interpret a dream about a beach or an ocean?
The visions of water in dreams were for Freud a proof of the return to the period of fetal life and the birth, as well as to the early childhood. They could also, if the water was dangerous, indicate the anxiety about sexual contacts, and suppressing the thoughts about wetting the bed.
How would Jung interpret a dream about a beach or an ocean?
Jung believed water to be connected with the feminine energy and everything what is unaware. Water containers, especially those extensive like a sea or an ocean,are the symbols of the collective unconsciousness in his interpretations. Men who are afraid of water in real life may also subconsciously feel the fear of women or their emotional side.