The ocean in dreams has a significant meaning, but before explaining it, we will tell you about the meaning of ocean in general.
Swami Sivananda said that “a mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching”. Based on this quotation, we can say that there is a great relationship between the oceans and life. Life is like the ocean, it goes up and down as Vanessa Paradise said. So, the ocean with its high and calm waves represents the ups and downs of life.
Ocean Symbolizations and Dreams
The ocean in a dream may be related to multiple symbolizations. However, we will give you a closer look to these symbolizations in the next lines:
Seeing the ocean in a dream may symbolize imprisonment or loss along with fear and despair as well.
On the positive side, the ocean can refer to knowledge without limits, to a strong and just ruler who has mercy in his heart towards the people who govern them.
In case the dreamer is a businessman and he sees an ocean while sleeping, the ocean here represents the goods that he has at work.
The ocean usually in a dream stands for success in achieving goals. Besides, if the dreamer enters inside the ocean, it means that he will stand before a man with authority.
The Symbolic meaning of drinking from the ocean in a dream:
Drinking water from the ocean in a dream indicates the acquisition of knowledge even if the dreamer does not drink a lot but just a part of it. This is also a symbol that he will gain some profits in his life.
But, what if you saw yourself crossing the ocean?
Crossing the ocean in a dream symbolizes that you will also gain good things in your life.
Additionally, seeing the ocean in your dream represents a state of emotions and feelings, and may indicate to the spiritual recovery, reassurance and renewal.
It may mean that you feel power and there are no obstacles in front of you. It also means that your vision and attitudes in life are positive and limitless.
Symbolization of sailing in the ocean in a dream:
Moreover, if you see yourself sailing across the ocean, it indicates the new freedom you have acquired, your independence and your great courage.
If the ocean is raging, then the dream represents some emotional turmoil, and you are doing your best to cope with the vicissitudes of life including the ups and downs.
Ocean Dream Meaning in Psychology:
Modern psychology relates seeing an ocean or sea in a dream to a stage of transition between unconsciousness and consciousness, as water may sometimes symbolize the buried emotions that have overflowed you recently.
Another explanation, the sea in the dream may symbolize a new hope and a different positive vision in your life no matter what difficulties you face.
If you dream that you are lost in the ocean or the sea, it means that you are drifted with problems and changes in your life without any guidance, and it symbolizes certain feelings, probably negative feelings, that overwhelms you.
Diving In Ocean Dream Meaning:
If you dream that you are diving in the ocean, in clear water, this reflects your need to overcome obstacles and problems in front of you. In another context, diving in the dream indicates your attempt to dive well into the dimensions of a situation or to know the roots of a feeling or problem. Also, it may mean that you are exploring your subconscious.
On the other hand, if you dream that you are diving in troubled or raging water, it indicates your concern and fears about how you deal with an issue that is stuck in your daily life.
In case that you dream that someone else is diving with you in the water, it means that you are at a stage of balance between your psychological state and the stability of your emotions.
Ocean Symbolizations in Western culture:
Sonia Gandhi said: “together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky”. When you have a look to the ocean with its clear water that resembles the blue color of the sky, you feel a lot of emotions and you feel that you want to stay the whole day and night watching it as If have a kind of connection with it. It stands for many things in the culture such as: the sub- consciousness, nature, emotions, the good parts of existence, dreams, the soul, fantasy, etc.
In addition, it is used as a symbol in art and fiction. We said before that the ocean represents emotions. Surely, your emotions change all the time, that’s to say that they are not stable. The same goes with the ocean, its state is changeable; it is not stable according to the weather conditions for example.
We can find a novel, for instance, which its events and climax are based on the inner state and conflict of the human being. The imagery of the stormy ocean with its high and crashing waves is represented in that novel to stand as a symbol for the subconscious; the unknown and hidden parts of your mind.
So, in short, the ocean is used as a symbol in literature to represent life and its hardships.
Ocean Dream Meaning Based on Your Own Experience
If there is an ocean in your country and you visited it to have fun with your family or friends, maybe in the same day you will dream of an ocean. It is not strange because of you subconscious mind has kept it and made the dream related to it.
So, your previous experience about the ocean is so helpful and useful to understand your dream meaning. Now, you should remember the last time you have seen or witnessed anything related to oceans. Try also to be in the perfect place suitable for you to help you in this process with a pen and paper in order to note what you would remember as soon as you do.
You might be exposed to the ocean directly or indirectly, and in both cases they are important in understanding the ocean dream. Keep in mind not to choose any interpretation vainly because the dreams are not easy to be understood, and in some cases they are meaningless.