I find that I often have dangerous water in my dreams, usually threatening to
flood the city I'm living in. There is this impending feeling of doom and
helplessness, like right before something really big is about to happen, like
a hurricane or river flood.
Impending doom, especially from elemental sources like water, land and air
are particularly disconcerting. The water in your dream will have a meaning
for you that only you can decide in the end, but there is a long history of
water symbolism that might be useful in enhancing your journey of discovery.
Early people recognized water and watery things as belonging to their own
domain and this was known to the Greeks as the Realm of Poseidon, Lord of
Oceans, Earthquakes and other fluid movements that were seen to be what all
the land rested upon.
Psychologically, we rest on our emotional world. All the reason in the
world is useless when we panic, when we are furious, when we despair. To move
into that realm and not be drowned is the work of a lifetime, but also one of
life's great masterpieces.
To dream of an approaching tidal wave may indicate that I have an
apprehension about the emotions that are welling up inside of me -- I fear
being overwhelmed, or "drowning" in the feelings and being unable to control
my world and all I have achieved. Floods are also a mythic way to re-fresh
and create something new. Many mythic kingdoms were flooded and drowned by
their gods to make way for something new. The reason I am casting this in
such mythic terms is due to the opportunity that large scale doom and
disaster dreams bring to us.
Rudolf Otto coined the term "Numious" and it means the terrifying,
awe-inspiring, experience of the Sacred Up Close. The feeling right before a
major natural event can provoke this sense of wonder and awe. If I were to
have a dream about floods, I would be on the lookout for a way to make some
major changes to projects that I had been involved with.
If I am dreaming about this watery doom, I am also now conscious of this
water and can learn to take the full impact & force of my emotions. I can
learn to "swim". As we become even more conscious, we can even learn in
dreams to breathe water! This will often happen after the acceptance of a new
way of being occurs.
Remember, however, that Poseidon's watery realm is magnificently large and
holds a whole universe of meaning. Just what this dream will mean for you
will come from your exploration of its many paths. As long as you are not
afraid of getting you feet wet, the delights of the water will be yours!
Richard Wilkerson is general editor for The
Internet Dream E-zine, Electric Dreams, and director of DreamGate, the Internet
Communications and Dream Education Center. He writes the Cyberphile column for
the Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter.