Example: ‘I looked at a large pool where a river surfaced.
A woman swam in it and was going to enter tunnels leading away from it. As I watched I saw some huge crocodiles swim towards her. With great speed and confidence she swam away, obviously being able to match the threat’ (Laurie V). Laurie explored the dream and found the swimming expressed his growing confidence in meeting feelings which in past years had led to depression.
Generally, swimming shows confidence in dealing with the son of impacts, anxieties or emotions which cause some people to go under’, either in relationships, running a family or business, being able to meet the many influences, urges and thoughts in which we exist; expressive motivation, trusting oneself, life, and our sexuality. Swimming against cunent, tide: meeting opposition, either from within or others; moving against general opinions; feeling difficulties. Swimming underwater: taking awareness into what was unconscious. Swimming with other people: sharing common feelings, goals, etc.; connections with others. Diving in: taking the plunge in a new activity, relationship or way of life. Hanging about, not getting in: hesitation about a change or something new in life. Idioms: in the swim; swim against the tide; sink or swim. See pool.
Swimming in a pool may offer a refreshing experience and a release from tensions. It may represent a spir- ltual experience with others. Swimming in the ocean may indicate your readiness to explore the subconscious as well as your feelings.
Symbolic of your life.
If you are being chased it can symbolize a spiritual enemy in your life.
If you are with friends and family enjoying yourself it can symbolize fun and relaxation in life.
If you are naked or topless while swimming it symbolizes a feeling of having your weaknesses exposed to other people
Staying on top of things and progressing in the waters of affliction; see “water”
Leisurely swimming, such as at a beach, in a lake, or in a pool, implies good fortune and easy living ahead, unless the weather is bad, in which case danger could result from doing the wrong thing at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Swimming toward the shore indicates getting to where you want to go, but only with a lot of hard work. How difficult that will be depends on the circumstances (especially the weather) and the other symbols in the dream.
Swimming for your life in a storm warns of great difficulties ahead.
If you reach the shore, or if there is a star or lighthouse guiding your way, you will prevail.
Swimming in a meet implies an inner drive to improve yourself. See “Sports”.
Swimming is an archetypal dream image. It suggests that spiritual energy is being used as we are moving towards a particular goal. It is said in dreams to symbolize the womb experience.
Psychological / emotional perspective: To 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. Swimming in water will always be symbolic of the emotions, whereas swimming through the air connects with intellectual ability.
Material aspects: Dreaming of swimming has much the same symbolism as immersion.
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.
Vision: Dreaming about swimming: you will be successful in life if you let yourself be guided by the strength of your character. Struggling with large -waves: difficult tasks are ahead, but don’t be discouraged. You’ll make it.
Depth Psychology: The water is a symbol of emotions, feelings, instincts, and urges. You have the ability (if you are a good swimmer in the dream) to live in harmony with them, or (as a nonswim- mer) have yet to integrate them into your personality. See Bathing, Water.
The dream of swimming must be interpreted by using all the aspects of your dream to judge the extent of the good or bad signified by swimming.
If you dream you are swimming in the ocean coming toward shore you will have good fortune in business and financial affairs through your hard work.
To be swimming in a pool shows that you will be unlucky in love and if you see females swimming in the pool you will have luck with love, to see males you will have luck in business, and if you see both you will experience both types of luck.
If you are teaching someone to swim you will soon have an increase due to good fortune.
To dream of swimming with your head above water means you will have good success.
To swim with your head under the water means you wall be weighed down with problems.
To swam in the nude means you will enjoy social successes.
(Employment; Knowledge; Prison) If a man ofknowledge sees himself swimming in the ocean in a dream, it means that he will attain his goals. Ifhe enters the water of the ocean then comes back to the shore in a dream, it means that he will commence his path of seeking knowledge then abandons it. Swimming in a dream also means going to jail. Swimming on sand in a dream means that one may be incarcerated; that his living conditions in his jail will be constricted, and that he will suffer in his prison from hardships equal to the difficulties he encounters during his swim in the dream.
If one sees himself swimming inside his own house in a dream, it means that he will work for a ruthless, wicked and an unjust employer who will entrap him in his service through a business deal. Consequently, God Almighty will help him out of his entanglements.
If one is afraid of swimming in the dream, it means that he is scared of someone in authority.
If he runs away from swimming in a dream, it means that he will escape from him.
If one sees himself entering waters where he can swim successfully in a dream, it means that he will engage in a major project,lead an important job, or acquire authority and power. Ifone swims on his back in a dream, it means that he will repent for a sin.
If he swims in the sea and finds its water stagnant in the dream, it means that he will serve someone in authority, though his job will bringhim nothing but trouble and the wrath of his employer. Ifhe still manages to cross the sea in his dream, it means that he will escape from dangers his employment could inflict upon him.
If he swims with fear in a dream, it means trouble, imprisonment, or a sickness he will endure depending on the type of needed efforts or distance he has to cross. Should he think in the dream that he will not be able to make it, then it means his death.
If he shows courage during his swim in the dream, it means that he will be able to escape from such a dangerous job. Troubled waters in a dream mean adversities. Swimming successfully across troubled waters in a dream means overcoming one’s adversities. Any sea or agitated waters in a dream represent the authorities or the state, whether it be a swamp, a lake, a pond, 424 a sea, or an ocean.
If one sees himself drowning in a river, or a lake, then ifhe is carried by others and laid on dry land motionless like a fish in a dream, this also means trials and adversities. Ifone is saved from drowningbefore he wakesup from his sleep in the dream, it means that he will triumph over his trials. Otherwise, ifhe dies from it in the dream, it means that he may die from such adversities. Ifduring his swim one meets a ship that pulls him out ofthe waters, or to which he holds or grabs, it also means escape from adversities.
If one drowns in the dream, it means that he may die as a martyr, though having previously indulged in many sins.
To walk on water, whether it is the sea or a river in a dream means good spiritual standing, religious assiduousness and a strong faith and determination. Walking on water in a dream also could be interpreted as ascertaining something about which one may have doubt, or placing one’s trust in God Almighty before embarking on a dangerous trip. (Also see Air)
See Water. Relaxation, the world of feelings. It is often connected to liberation. Where is the swimming taking place and what is the condition of the water? According to Freud; urine and the life of the unborn. Also, a symbol of pollution.
Dreams about swimming are related to the need to trust your instincts and look to past situations for answers to problems. They can also signify the need for nurturing or mothering in one’s life. Also see “Flippers”, “Swimming Lessons”, “Swimming Pool” and “Underwater”
Hard work confronts you, but if you Swim to shore, or reach your objective, then you will succeed in the end.
1. If swimming where people one is attracted to are also swimming, it indicates sexual attraction.
2. If swimming in the ocean, it indicates one is very independent.
3. If swimming in a pool, one is less daring than an ocean swimmer.
4. If swimming anywhere one senses danger, such as from a shark, there is concern about where one is working.
also see Drowning
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.
If you are swimming in your dream you are most likely swimming through the “ ocean” of your unconscious and through the “ sea “ of your emotions.
The ease with which you are doing this activity will give you clues as to how well you are navigating through those very complex parts of yourself. Are you out of your depth or winning a race?
A maiden who dreams that she is swimming with someone, either man or woman, who is a much better swimmer, may look forward to a life of ease and many exciting love affairs.
If the swimming is without effort and gives pleasure, this dream augurs a smooth and prosperous existence.
-With the head above water, success; the head under water, denotes misfortune; to sink forecasts ruin (Raphael).
(see Sports, Water)
Water represents the intuitive nature and the subconscious.
The movement through this liquid indicates either a willingness to traverse hidden portions of the self, or focusing on a defined aspect of subconsciousness as the goal of your swim.
Success in a situation in which you were asked effectively to “sink or swim.”
Regulation of the feminine aspects of self so that instincts or emotions do not overcome rationality.
A balance between the spiritual and mundane, leaning slightly more toward spiritual matters depending on the amount of the body shown as immersed.
If you dream you are swimming in the ocean towards shore it augers well for your business and financial affairs, though the profits gained will be through your hard work.
If you’re swimming in a pool, you’ll be unlucky in love.
If you see women in the pool, you will have luck with love.
If you see men in the pool, you’ll have luck in business.
If you see both sexes in the pool, you’ll experience both kinds of luck. Teaching someone to swim assures you good fortune.