A tidal wave, tsunami or a simply massive wave is a common, yet often terrifying or disturbing dream symbol. You may experience the tidal waves dreams in your dream from the viewpoint of watching it approach, either on shore, from a hill or some other near-by vantage point. Or you may be close by, under it or in the water with it. This dream may often be accompanied by a sense of fear or panic. To understand the meaning of a tidal wave in a dream, it can help to start by understanding the symbolism water and the sea.
Water in Dreams
If we look at water in our dreams as a symbol of emotions and feelings, part of our inner world, then tidal waves can be like emotions welling up and getting a little out of control. One of the advantages of being on shore watching the wave approach is that it gives you an opportunity to step outside yourself and look at what you are feeling. This is usually a helpful thing to do when your emotions get so strong that they well up into a massive wave!
Tidal Wave Dreams and Anxiety
Tidal waves may appear in dreams when you are under a lot of pressure, or when significant change is occurring. They may be a an indication that you are feeling a little overwhelmed. Or that maybe you fear you won’t be able to cope or adjust with what you see in your own future. These dreams may be recurring dreams, with the wave getting bigger or closer over subsequent nights. This may correspond to an increasing sense of anxiety. You may be worried about a deadline, with the looming date growing closer. Or you may be anxious about escalating events in your work or relationships.
It is worth recognising that if you have a tidal wave dreams there is often an area of life that you are not seeing clearly, or that you are avoiding. Fear and anxiety can cloud issues, making things seem worse than they may actually be. Tidal wave and tsunami dreams remind us that if we don’t confront and deal with things that are out of balance in our life, then they will confront us first. There are fewer clearer signs of confrontation than standing right before a towering body of surging water!
Tidal Wave Dreams and Change
The things that you aren’t confronting may be easy to identify. There may be a test you are afraid of failing, a deadline you feel you won’t be able to meet, or a location or job move you don’t feel ready for. But the meaning of a tidal wave in a dream may relate to a more general sense of procrastinating, or feeling unprepared.
You may dream of a tidal wave if you secretly wish to change careers, or make a life choice that seems somewhat radical for you. “Impostor syndrome”, the feeling you can’t be what you wish you to be, can inhibit any of us. The fear of success, and what it will mean to existing relationships and lifestyle, may also be an internal roadblock. Tidal waves can appear in dreams as an expression of unfulfilled ambition or desire. These dreams may also relate to the fear of what living out that other life may mean. Tidal wave dreams can herald deep internal change. They may symbolise the great cleansing needed to clear out the old to make way for the new.
Tidal Wave Dreams and Emotions
As water relates to our emotions, the meaning of a tidal wave in a dream can symbolise the beginning of a new relationship. You may feel overwhelmed at how much you feel for someone. New relationships also often raise emotional issues from the past, and can relate to trust and vulnerability.
But like most dreams, dreams of tidal waves often work on many levels. Whether external pressures are dominant in your life or not, a tidal wave dream will often indicate a period of internal change. The sea is often a symbol for the subconscious. A giant wave in the sea then can be like the subconscious rising up, making its power is felt through-out waking and conscious life.
Tidal Waves Dreams and the Subconscious
This need not be such a scary or intimidating thing. By working with our dreams, we can come to feel comfortable in the realm of the subconscious. Those big, powerful, unknown forces exist inside us all. They drive us and sometimes feel like they are going to overwhelm us. But they become far less terrifying when we are familiar with them. When we realise these deeper forces are simply a part of our own inner self, and that they can be managed, tidal wave dreams no longer seem so urgent or terrifying.
How to Deal with Tidal Wave Dreams
To deal with tidal waves in dreams we can apply the same technique that we use when fleeing anything that scares us, and that is to confront it. You may think, how on earth do I confront a a tidal wave? It is so big, it can’t be killed or negotiated with, so how can it be beaten? But just as all things in our dreams are part of us, so too are tidal waves. And if tidal waves are a symbol for our subconscious, this is not something I would suggest we should want to beat into submission or seek to tame.
The approach then is to merge with it. Tidal wave dreams and tsunami dreams invite us to dive into our subconscious. To look within. To reflect on what we are really thinking and feeling. To do the work to really know ourselves.
Then perhaps you will learn to swim or surf in your dream, and enjoy the experience of being at one with your self. If you are lucky, you may even learn to breathe under water. Some people are able to use diving into tidal waves as a trigger for lucid dreaming. Like flying then, swimming underwater or surfing a tidal wave can become one of the most exhilarating dream experiences, rather than one of anxiety or fear. Just one of the many rewards of working on our dreams and coming to know your own subconscious mind better!
The Meaning of a Tidal Wave in Dream
A tidal wave dream may seem threatening, but it is often our own feelings that terrify us. Dreams of tidal waves can relate to a sense of pressure or anxiety. Recognising this and confronting the things you are avoiding may be the message of the dream. Tidal wave dreams invite us to reflect on our own inner state, and to take steps in waking life to live as our most fulfilled and authentic self.