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Grabbing daughter tidal wave - dream symbolism

This flood dream seems to have been triggered by a very stressful day the day before. See how the dream mirrors stressful emotions.

THE DREAM In this dream I was laying on the beach where I grew up and I heard a noise that sounded like a train coming. I thought it was a huge wave coming and I ducked my head down into the sand. It never came. I looked up and there wasn't any water anywhere to be seen. Others on the beach looked confused, but I picked up my stuff and started to run. I went home (but not my home) and grabbed my daughter who was there with a co-worker of mine. In this dream my co-worker and I were together as a couple, but in the process of splitting up. I told him to get out and drive west, not east, because a Tidal Wave was coming. My daughter and I got in the car and started to drive. We saw water flooding ahead of us, it was murky. We turned around and went back home. My co-worker was still there, getting his wallet out of the safe and then put stuff in the safe. We all went upstairs, but no water came to the house. My co-worker was hanging out in a separate room and I was playing cards with some friends. I looked up and he let in his ex-wife and closed the door. I started to cry uncontrollably. Huge sobs. Next thing I knew I was downstairs, talking to my boyfriend who was naked and we were getting ready to go to bed. I was complaining that my elbows were dry and I needed some of his lotion he was putting on. He asked me what time I needed to get up. I told him 7:30. He asked me to set the alarm for 6:45. I then woke up. When I looked at the clock it was 6:42. At exactly 6:45 my boyfriend called to say good morning.

THE REALITY The dreamer had been suffering anxiety at work. She normally enjoyed work but recently things had started getting stressful. The actual day of the dream was particularly stressful.

DREAM SYMBOLISM The entry point into this dream has certainly got to be the alarm clock. The coincidence of the dreamer been phoned up by her boyfriend shortly after dreaming about him discussing alarm clocks is too much to ignore. This was a premonition of this event. Often premonitions will be about the actual day of the dream. In this case its worth looking more closely to see other evidence to link the dream to the actual day of the dream.

The dream also involves work. The co-worker is there as a partner but also in the dream they are on the verge of splitting up. That's a good indication that the dream links with work. It captures the current state of her emotions as she was finding work more stressful. The previously happy and committed relationship she had with work was now starting to wane.

The dreamer indeed said that the water which stopped her driving very much reminded of the feelings she had on the day of the dream.

Waves in dreams are very much symbolic of feelings that have got out of control. They show that feelings are starting to become facts in your mind. The land symbolises the grounded reality of your existence. So if the water invades the land then we cannot distinguish between what is fact and what is feeling. That's very much the case in extreme stress as we start to misinterpret small events as facts. The flooding shows that we are overwhelmed with feelings.

However, the water stays out of the house. Houses are often symbolic of our own approach. So that's a good sign. So it shows that the dreamer manages to remain composed and maintain her approach even though feelings are strarting to get on top of her.

The first phase of the dream is also important. The train is a symbol of fixed vision. The train cannot stop so maybe that symbolises the problems that the dreamer encountered. It was as if she had been hit by a train.

Symbolic Meanings
CARDS : "the hand that is dealt to you - right now the luck is not with the dreamer. Things are going badly at work"
CO-WORKER : "a thought about work - in this case there were pressing issues at work which the dream is obviously about"
FLOOD : "have to devote some energy to immediate emergencies"
TIDAL WAVE : "quickly changing feelings - emotions are overcoming you"

DREAM MEANING The dream captures the following feeling within the dreamer - "I have always enjoyed work but right now things have become really stressful."

See how the Symbolic Meanings above weave together to form a key insight in the DREAM MEANING

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