The meaning of tidal wave dreams
Last entry I explained how water in dreams can often represent the state of your emotional or spiritual self. How then does this apply to dreaming of tidal waves, tsunamis or huge waves?
Tidal waves dreams often feel very stressful, creating a sense of anxiety and even mounting panic. You may be standing on shore watching the wave approaching from a distance, you may be frantically trying to flee from it or save others from it, or you may even be submerged by it. The dreams may recur frequently over a number of nights, or at certain periods of your life, and the wave may even become bigger and closer over subsequent dreams.
Tidal wave dreams commonly appear at times when you are under a lot of pressure or going through a period of significant change. The huge waves can represent the surging of your emotions in a situation where you feel overwhelmed or unprepared to cope with what is occurring in life, where you may be procrastinating, or not facing up to your true feelings about something. It may be a looming deadline, a test or exam, moving house or changing jobs, or the end of a certain period of your life and the anticipation and fear of what the next chapter will be. Or as water relates to emotions, tidal wave dreams may arise at the beginning of new relationships, as you may even feel overwhelmed at how much you feel for someone! But tidal wave dreams, like most dreams, often work on many levels. Whether external pressures are dominant in your life or not, tidal wave dreams will often indicate a period of significant internal change.
The best way to deal with tidal wave dreams, like anything in dreams that is intimidating, is to confront it. You can sit and remember your dream while awake, re-imagining a new ending, or you may even remember that you are dreaming next time a tidal wave dream happens, and lucidly choose your new reaction. And how is the best way to “face up to” a tidal wave? You may choose to dive into the wave, which can be a wonderful feeling that may even result in learning to breathe underwater – this is an exciting sign that you are learning to understand the deepest forces that drive you, and to work with rather than against them. Or maybe you don’t want to go so deep, and you feel this dream is a reminder not to get too heavy with the emotions, and in this case you may decide the best thing to do is to surf the wave – and then you may realise how exhilarating it can be to live authentically in harmony with your deepest Self.
For a more detailed explanation of the meaning of tidal wave dreams or tsunami dreams, please visit my post on tidal waves at The Dream Well website.
Thanks to ChrissyCool at DeviantArt for the image: http://chrissiecool.deviantart.com/art/Tidal-Wave-82334414?moodonly=69&offset=10
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