To dream of drowning represents feelings of being totally overwhelmed by uncertainty or situations that feel excessive. Fearing being overcome by failure that you can't escape. You may fears, insecurities, guilt, or other negative emotions that are overpowering and dominant. Something is too much for you to handle on your own.
Alternatively, you may be too deeply involved in something that is now beyond your control.
To dream of surviving drowning represents difficult emotional situations you have overcome, or are learning to deal with. You may have survived a problem that you didn't believe you could.
Example: A woman dreamed of drowning in the ocean. In waking life she was getting divorced and feared losing everything she had worked for up to that time.
Example 2: A 4 year-old boy dreamed of being in water and drowning with nobody coming to help him when he called for help. In waking life he was being sexually abused by his teenage brother. The dream may have reflected the young boy's feelings about the situation being overwhelmed and trapped with the abusive behavior while knowing he was innocent.
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