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Ocean Waves Dream Meaning: Positive Omens and Warning Signs

Do you often have dreams about waves and water? To dream of the seas or oceans waves is a message of harmony. Strong feelings, inner currents, and insight into waking life are all available with this dream symbol. 

From gentle waves to dreaming about a tsunami, this article has got you covered!

A tsunami dream

Let’s start with the darker topic. To dream of a storm, big waves causing havoc and chaos, or an earthquake or similar is considered a bad omen in dream interpretation.

A tsunami dream (or seeing big waves in dreams or a dream with huge waves crashing down on you) signifies major change is on the horizon, but this change might not be good. 

Negativity, destruction, and turmoil are about to ensue, and it’s up to you to navigate these choppy waters calmly.

You will need to drastically work on your self-confidence and physical stamina if you wish to come out of this event the victor. Whatever is about to happen, you will require inner strength, mental clarity, and a mature and balanced emotional body. 

Dignity, grace, and most likely integrity are called for. You can’t go into this event with a sense of aggression and war, as this will have negative consequences.

A waves dream is all about emotions and feelings. These things require sensitivity– empathy, and self-control too. So, you will need to heal yourself on all levels. 

Despite the storm, earthquake, or mega wave coming, metaphorically speaking, you should remain humble and seek to keep the peace. 

A dream of big waves with any sign of chaos and destruction suggests the same in waking life, i.e. you’re going to have to have some wit and resilience to not “go underwater.” 

Going underwater signifies getting lost in your emotions, inner darkness, or self-limiting mindsets and behaviors. The message of a tsunami dream is that you can’t always control the events in life, yet you can control your responses and reactions. 

Don’t worry about how powerful or large the waves are, direct your energy towards your own center and self-alignment because this is where true power lies.

You have all the power within you, and you merely need to gain self-mastery and self-control and channel your energies, consciously and healthily.

Sounds simple? Good! Pay attention to any supporting dream symbolism such as imagery, objects, and other dream characters. These will provide further insight. 

Choppy or tidal waves

To dream of choppy or tidal waves is a warning sign of strong emotions and inner turmoil. Your feelings and the internal world hold great power. 

Yet the dream omen is that your emotions are not supporting your well-being right now. You might be overpowered, suffering from anxiety, stress, or addiction.

This is a warning sign that unconscious thoughts and unseen undercurrents of potentially destructive emotion are taking over your life. 

Insecurity, low self-esteem, self-doubt, anxieties, and pessimistic thinking could be common. You are likely repressing emotions and this causing, or is about to cause havoc in your life. 

A tidal wave represents dark instincts and out-of-control impulses. You’re not in control of your emotions, and you’re letting them overrule you or others. 

Your impulses may be strong, including sexual impulses and addictions. Alternatively, you’re completely repressed emotionally and are unable to communicate your truth.

All of these themes are strong possibilities. Also, your personal life might be bogged down with alcohol, illness, or minor or major mental health problems.

Overall, the general dream message is that there are no calm waters occurring in real life… On the contrary, mindfulness and conscious awareness is called for. 

As this waves dream meaning has such a negative connotation, you will have to “go within to go without.” Look deep inside your soul for truth and clarity. Actively ask for guidance and direction too. 

Drowning in seawater

This dream symbol has two main meanings:

Drowning in small waves…

A drowning dream has a few significant meanings. If you’ve dreamed of drowning in smaller waves, this is not a good sign, but fortunately, one you can learn from.

Your subconscious mind is helping you by showing you that insignificant and trivial things are keeping you down. Small details are getting to you! And they shouldn’t be.

You are likely being weighed down by minor nuisances, anxieties, or stress, or you might be letting fears and old wounds get to you. 

Further, the behaviors, words, and actions could be frustrating you to the point of self-sabotage. This dream symbol signifies that you’re making a big deal out of nothing.

There’s nothing major or significant in your life that should be leading to such stress. Therefore learn to see the trivial and insignificant details for what they are- unimportant.

Turn your attention away from the relationships that don’t serve your soul; focus on the bigger-picture vision of your life. 

Tune into idealistic tendencies, the angelic realm, your spiritual life force, your higher mind (Higher Self), and your sense of vision. The details are not what you should be focusing on right now.

Nor should you be getting dragged into the emotional currents- or games and drama- of others. People, projects, places, and relationships that seek to keep you small and powerless are very unhealthy for you. 

Cut out the distractions. Center yourself. Ground your energy. Align with the higher mind and Source! These are the key messages of this potent dream symbolism. 

Finally, this is a message from your angels that your emotional and psychological health might be at risk. You should take extra care of your well-being during the next phase of your life. 

Slow down, honor your health, and take sufficient time to rest, relax, and recharge. You might be a highly sensitive person or empath, or you could simply be under stress (or a psychic attack!). 

Nurture and protect yourself while remembering that drama, chaos, pettiness, and insignificant life events are not worth your time or energy. If it doesn’t aid in your growth, let it go. 

Drowning in large waves…

If, on the other hand, you’ve seen yourself or a dream character drown in larger waves, this brings with it a warning message. There is something big happening in your life that is trying to pull you down.

You might soon be faced with a challenge, event, or dramatic ‘Tower’ moment (research the Tower tarot card if you’re unfamiliar with this). 

A huge wave combined with drowning imagery is your subconscious mind sending you a precognitive message. If something big is not occurring in your life now, it soon will be.

You need to prepare. Develop inner strength, regain your peace, and practice tools and techniques for self-mastery. 

Sometimes life is random and full of events beyond our control, other times it is part of our fate or destiny. Drowning in large waves symbolizes a test upcoming. 

A challenging situation is about to happen, and you will be tested to perhaps extreme levels. This event will test your faith, character, stamina, heart, love, integrity… whatever your soul signed up to! 

OK, I understand not everyone believes in fate or karma, but unseen forces are working behind the scenes. Invisible and spiritual energy is real- we live in a quantum and infinite world.

So, as the dreamer, you are being given a glimpse into your potential future. Do not see this as bad luck, but as a positive message of hope and protection. 

Self-protection is integral to this wave dream sign. Similarly, dark waves imply darkness in a present life chapter or in the near future. You might need to explore your shadow self.

Less desirable traits, shadow personality characteristics, and repressed or denied emotions all come to the surface; sometimes slowly, at other times more drastic.

The fundamental point is there is a catalytic event approaching if you haven’t experienced it already. Make sure you have self-protective measures in play and are engaging in self-care daily.

Calm waves

Unlike a tsunami wave, sea waves that are calm and bring a feeling of serenity and peace are very good signs. 

Pure waves signify prosperity, financial flow, and harmony, and abundance is coming your way. You’re not living in poverty, so you shouldn’t be playing into past cycles of poverty consciousness. 

Circumstances are improving, so you should keep the faith and hold a greater vision for yourself in the coming months. 

Your inner realm of reflections, feelings, and impressions are supporting your mind, body, & spirit. You’re in a great place energetically.

Also, you likely have idealistic tendencies and can connect to your inner Magician or High Priestess for light-speed manifestation. Calm waves suggest manifestation gifts are at an all-time high. 

There’s no storm, turmoil, or Tower moment heading your way. You can relax into your body and reality or home knowing that you are protected and supported.

This dream symbol is a message of angelic assistance and divine inspiration, therefore, ask the angels and archangels or Ascended Masters for assistance. They’re more than happy to help!

A further dream meaning is that you keep your light channel as pure as possible. You are a light being, an eternal soul with an infinite connection to the Source. Don’t take this life for granted.

Why? Because not everyone can reach such an evolved level of emotional intelligence or self-mastery. To dream of peaceful and calm waves shows that you have a unique energy signature about you. 

While others might be absorbed in drama, chaos, and stress or hardships, you’ve got it easy. This is a result of hard work, faith, purity, good deeds, and excellent karma. You’ve done something right to manifest such a blissful and heavenly world.

Creative expression

Creativity, new opportunities linked to fertility, artistic expression, imaginative gifts, and self-expression are symbolic of the waves dream meaning. 

Ocean waves are linked to creative and artistic self-expression, self-expansion, spiritual self-development, and advanced imagination. This all ties into the Moon and her subconscious tides. 

Notice the use of the metaphor “tides…” The Moon represents feminine and astral wisdom. The Moon also rules the seas, she is a powerful and subtle force who brings nurturance, caring, and empathy.

Linked to the divine feminine and astral realms of compassion and nurturance are the spiritual realm; spirit, the divine, the ethereal waters of divinity… There are many names to describe the subtle and mighty power of the sea and ocean.

Water is symbolic of all of these things, and water is feminine by nature, just like the Moon is. Secrets pour through in the Moon’s- and therefore ocean’s- subtle waves. 

It’s poetry, a beautiful use of words to describe the feeling and depth we all know. The sensations, impressions, reflections, feelings, and connection to our souls we experience when by ocean waves cannot be described, but we all know it. 

Well, to dream of waves is a potent symbol of your connection to all of the above. All of the expressed qualities, skills, and abilities are available to you. You might already be a master in them.

There is wisdom in the metaphor, ‘mastering the ocean’s waves.’ We say it because the sea is symbolic of our subconscious mind, which is closely tied to lunar forces (everything related to the Moon) and the spiritual realm. 

This includes emotions and hidden soul talents and impressions, and, of course, artistic and imaginative genius; pure and unlimited expression.

Dream symbol: Wave sounds

When a wave and sea or ocean dream focuses on the sound of waves, this is shining a light on the power of music and sound in real life.

Wisdom comes from different directions- sometimes it comes from our five physical senses including the senses of touch and sight; other times, it arrives to us through sound waves…

Extrasensory perception and psychic gifts are available to you when your dream focuses on the sounds of waves. 

Spiritual powers and divine healing abilities amplify, and instincts become more prominent. You can navigate life’s currents including your own emotional currents through the increase in intuition.

A waves dream activates your subconscious mind and then sparks your psyche. This in turn “switches on” your higher mind and powers linked to the Third Eye. 

The waves themselves act like memories, sparking hidden portals to higher consciousness, self-learning, evaluation, self-knowledge, and understanding. Thus, explore how the ocean’s waves make you feel.

What sensations do they bring up? Do they make you feel as if everything is sound in your world as if everything is going swimmingly? Do you feel blissful and content? Loved and supported?

Get in tune with the invisible realms and dimensions where new insights into your human nature and inner self are available. Listen to music that awakens your inner spirit, and activates consciousness in exciting ways.

Seek to broaden your horizons and acquire new wisdom through music as well. Music is one of the most powerful healing tools we are blessed with. Research spiritual, acoustic, jazz, or shamanic/tribal artists who ignite the soul in euphoric ways. 

Dream of surfing

New things, adventures, healing from a breakup, and finding a new skill or gift are all symbolic of a surfing dream.

Self-confidence and creativity can be applied to any area of your life you wish to improve. There’s an increase in vitality, passion, and energy levels. 

If you can see a beautiful beach in the background, this suggests harmonious and blissful relationships.

If the dream shows you a cliff, this represents the heights and new levels you can reach, whether that be professionally, romantically, musically, or spiritually.

If your psyche has presented birds flying overhead, this signifies freedom and your desire for personal expression, liberation, and spreading your wings… literally and metaphorically.

If you’ve dreamed of surfing with someone else, pay attention to the dream character. If it’s someone you know, reflect on that bond, for example, if it’s an ex, friend, family member, colleague, work partner, or current lover. 

Always use your logical rational mind combined with your intuitive imaginative one. Because this is what is called for, a perfect “left brain right brain” balance. 

The best dream interpretation occurs from this inner yin-yang synergy when you’re attuned to your masculine and logical left brain and your feminine & creative right one. 

Attempt viewing from multiple perspectives and switching on your holistic mind. The general message of a surfing waves dream symbolizes travel, movement, and adventure- adaptability too.

But you can find hidden pearls of wisdom and insight when staying holistic and flexible-minded. Broaden your mental and spiritual horizons, as this will amplify your capacity for dream interpretation…

Including finding hidden meanings, subtle inspiration, and unique unexplored guidance. 

Biblical meaning: Choosing a path

The notion of choosing the right path and going in the right direction is common with a wave dream. This can be seen as the biblical or spiritual meaning. 

Water symbolizes the subconscious mind, astral and ethereal planes, and the divine realm. Also, a link to the heavens. This is due to water being a symbol of the infinite and eternal collective consciousness energy field.

Water binds us all, and it represents our eternal nature. We can expand and raise our consciousness through the water element. It allows us to connect to the divine life force within and around us all. 

In many religious and spiritual practices, water represents purity. The divine, pure, and holy mind, whereby we can achieve harmony between mind, body, & spirit.

The waves of the sea or ocean signify the direction or pathways we choose regarding all of the above. We may have a final destination- returning to Source, God, and our divine nature, but the journey may be unique to each individual human.

It can be choppy or it can be calm… It can be chaotic and full of setbacks, or it can be smooth sailing… It may be calm and blissful seas or a full-on storm and hurricane!

On a religious and spiritual level, a waves dream portrays our individual and sometimes collective journeys. The spirit realm is lit up, which also incorporates our impressions, inner world of reflections and beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. 

Questions of destiny and which path is right for us to come into conscious awareness. Self-reflection is called for to align with our truest selves and deepest truths. 

To conclude

To dream about waves is to see deep into your psyche and the internal world where emotions, feelings, and instincts are rich. To increase the gifts associated with this dream symbol, spend more time around water. 

Purify your system by drinking more clean water, and consider partaking in water cleanse, fast, or detox.

Finally, if you have a beach dream, it simply means that you need to take a break from your daily stressful routine and just relax.

See more: Swimming dream meaning

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