Ocean Dream Meaning and Interpretations


Ocean Dream Symbol – The ocean in your dreams symbolizes probability and possibility. It is the beacon of the outcome of situations and conditions that will affect our circumstances in our waking life. The ocean is made up of water, which reflects our emotions, our creativity and spiritual source of wisdom.

oceanThe ocean is the largest body of water on the planet. It’s vastness and all it’s contents are still virtually unknown to scientists, because of its depth and complexity. It was from the ocean all life has been born. Therein lives the simplest of one-celled organisms to a very complex array of fish, plants and mammals. The movement of the currents affects the temperature, the climate and the weather. It is instrumental to life in general.

When glancing at the ocean, we see only the surface. But as vast as the surface is, it tells nothing of what is beneath. The ocean is a world unto itself, hidden from plain view. Man can only enter the sea so far whether in a wetsuit or submarine. It is still impossible to travel to the furthest reaches. It is for that reason it remains an undiscovered frontier. There are canyons and mountain ranges along its floor. Entire ecosystems of life flourish within the coral reefs, all without our knowledge.

And so it is with the ocean in a dream. The realm of possibilities and hidden treasures are endless and unknown. Psychologist Carl Jung brought forth the idea of the ocean as the womb of creativity for the unconscious mind that gives birth to new ideas. In the dream the state, the ocean is the state of a problem or situation and it’s probable outcome.

The ebb and flow of your emotions can sometimes build up and turn into tidal waves that get released on your surroundings. When you dream about the ocean it is important to look the state of the ocean to determine the meaning of this symbol.

When you dream of seeing or traveling on the ocean, a calm sea means your situation is stable. All will go smoothly. Serene water and smooth sailing indicate no disruptions or delays. If the waves are choppy or violent and the boat is rocking or in danger of crashing, take heed. You may arrive safely or finish your task. Though it could pose some challenges.

Or, in the worse case scenario, spell disaster. Setting out or travelling on a stormy ocean, with big dark waves, foretells of many difficulties and the possibly that you should consider abandoning the voyage or waiting for better weather.

If you dream of swimming in the ocean, it symbolizes exploring or a diving into your emotions. Do you enjoy the water? This means that you express yourself well and have no issues dealing with your ongoing relationships, jobs or situations. Do you find it difficult to keep your head above water? This means you are struggling with communicating your needs and wants. It may also indicate that you are overwhelmed in your daily life. If you dream of drowning, this is your unconscious mind telling you to stop; you should step back from a situation. If you dream of rescuing someone from drowning, then you will be able to conquer your challenges.

The deeper you dive into the ocean the more you are willing to explore or need to explore your creativity and spiritual self. If you swim easily into the ocean your creativity is flowing.  If you are finding it difficult to go deeper you may have creative blocks. The message would be to keep pushing forward until you find the source of your blockages. Once they are released, creativity can then flow. Answers to life’s questions come more readily when creativity is unhindered and the spirit is free to express and explore.

Note: If you have had a dream related to this dream symbol or would like to add something that is related to this topic please leave comment below. Comments are a great way to interact with others who are dreaming about similar topics.


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Stephen is a self confessed dream junkie that loves all things dream related. He is a writer for DreamSTOP.com and has a B.A. in psychology and a minor in sociology. He believes that the YOU are the only person who can truly understand the meaning of your dreams. You have to look inside your inner thoughts to find the hidden truths in your dream. In Stephen's free time he loves sweating out his stress in Hot Yoga and enjoys cooking recipes he finds on Youtube.


  1. Andre steenkamp on

    Hi ..I have just woken up…dreamt that I was chatting to people unknown in a house parallel to the sea…this was my house with my daughter and sons rooms facing the sea..whilst chatting to the mates..I noticed the sea was getting high and the waves where starting to hit the house ..calmly and below the window line…at first but noticed the waves where getting bigger..and started to hit t window height (just)…I ran to the my daughter’s room and the wave just got into the open window…I closed the window …then ran to my sons window whose was closed but a huge wave built up ..I saw it coming..and it hit the entire window hard…it held up but I awoke ..

  2. Barbie Jenkins on

    I dreamed of being on a smaller boat at a harbor tied up to all the other boats at the harbor and the water was choppy but clear and there was a giant cruise ship heading towards the harbor and in the dream it felt as if the big ship was going to hit my ship but then everything settled and calm down we regained our ship and everything calm down in the water cleared up and the day cleared up

  3. I had a dream last night .. it was like I was sleeping on outside on the ship in the middle of the ocean and I was failing into the water but I had something to hold myself for … and then I got back into the ship and night time when I wanted to sleep the ship
    Was crashed and the wood failed into the water … I was struggling to find someone to fix the ship

  4. Sarah Hampton on

    Me and my bf where in the ocean swimming to get somewhere and then we were on a school bus we where swimming and along the ay I lost head phones in the ocean we didn’t struggle through swimming. I just felt like we where in a rush to get to the bus on time and we made it butonce on the bus we couldn’t talk it was weird and random but I know it had some kind of meaning just not able to completely interpretat the dream

  5. Anthony , I’ve had a dream of being on the rocks on the Chesapeake Bay bridge almost in the deep water. Watching the deep water. I’ve dreamt this dozens of times. I never can make it to the top.

  6. I dreamed I took a very long swim along the coast for about 7 to 8 miles, in deep waters and wad not afraid of sharks (which I am). Then I walked back on the beach that same distance through tunnels, caves, and nice areas at times. I was then on a ship that sunk there in the same area or port and I survived. I was trying to get back to hotel where my family was, but forgot where I was staying.? Wad looking in registers for my name. What the heck does all this mean?

  7. I dream of being in a boat and prepared myself to hold on as a big tide was coming and flip the boat but I didn’t let go and was able to become steady again in the boat. For some reason the boat changed to a smaller boat and I begin to search for my children. I’m married but my husband was not apart of the dream. I have a niece that I care for on a daily basis and as I begin to look for my daughter I found my niece and she wanted to get on my boat but she was too heavy and the boat begin to sink so she got off and back on the life boat she was on. My daughter is half her age. I found my sister off waters as the scenery changed and my sister which is my niece mom had a life boat that was bigger than the one I had, I said oh good I try this and I woke up.

  8. In my dream my love one that just passed away (lover) had dived in. I dived in behind him to rescue him but once I got to the bottom of the ocean he was gone.

  9. I had a dream in which I saw the ocean and its creatures amongst barrels of oil lit ablaze. The creatures could not escape the water and therefore died before my eyes and I helplessly stood watching. Those around me said that we would change our ways if the creatures of the sea sought refuge on land. I started screaming that these creatures had no escape but my pleas for change fell on deaf ears. I am not some sort of environmental activist and therefore wonder why this dream came to me and what it represents.

  10. Dreamt of lying on top of a high mountain and seeing the ocean and the banks of the sea with some sites that seems like a industrial sites along. Also another dream of flying above and on top of the ocean.

  11. i have a dream.. an ocean but no water. i dont know if it was low tide. and i see also coral reefs in a dry ocean.. there was 2 coral reefs its like a small trench and i was walking in the middle.. the distance of the two reefs is so narrow. and i said to the person in my dream to be careful coz you might get reef cuts. what does it mean?? ( and I dont know person in my dream they are not related to me)

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