Dreaming of dolphins might seem like a pleasant night vision. After all, who doesn’t love dolphins? They are playful, fun to look at, and entertaining.
If you’ve been to Seaworld in San Diego, you know exactly how engaging watching dolphins can be.
But if you found yourself dreaming of dolphins, your dream’s meaning goes much deeper than dolphins’ entertaining and soothing images.
Read below for the in-depth interpretation of dolphin dreams.
The General Meaning of Dolphin Dreams
When you see dolphins in your dream, your subconscious manifests a deep desire for spiritual guidance.
While many people would interpret this as a need to talk to spiritual or philosophical authority, the interpretation is often more practical.
I’m talking about somebody you can speak to or draw inspiration from who can help you find the right mindset.
Most people define spirituality as a higher or a supernatural reality, but they neglect to understand that we all wear mental and emotional filters.
All the stimuli in the universe go through these filters; depending on our interpretation, different realities materialize.
We create our own reality based on the filters we choose, and this is what blows the mind away.
It’s a choice; once you start seeing dolphins in your dreams, your subconscious tells you that you can choose your mindset.
This is profound because this communicates the importance of the kind of life you choose to live.
Another common meaning for dolphin dreams involves positive feelings about where you are in your life right now.
It seems that things are going swimmingly great.
There’s a part of you that feels this will last forever.
There’s also a part of you that feels you can do whatever you want because the good times will never end.
But as you probably already know, this feeling is misinformed.
Good times always end, just as bad times are never permanent.
Life is a wheel.
If you stay focused on staying on top of the wheel, you might lose sight of the fact that bad times are around the corner.
Feeling stuck with frustration, desperation, and anger while you are at the bottom of the wheel will make you lose sight of the fact that good times will come around.
You have to deal with where you are now – right here, right now.
So if you see dolphins frolicking around in your dreams, just enjoy the good times.
But it’s also a good idea to plan for the not-so-good times.
Do you see how this works? As of this writing, many economists say that the world will go through a once-in-a-lifetime recession.
This is not your typical, plain-vanilla recession.
We are talking about a reset of the economic trends of the past 50 years.
This is heavy-duty stuff, so be prepared.
A final general meaning of dolphin dreams involves your child-like nature.
Please understand that there is a big difference between being childish and child-like.
It’s an insult if people start calling you childish because it means you are selfish and so focused on your feelings now that you refuse to look at who you are in big-picture terms.
You also focus only on what you’re getting out of the situation or what’s happening to you instead of being considerate and thoughtful of other people.
We all need to overcome our childish nature because it’ll never disappear since it is a part of us.
But this doesn’t take away from the fact that we have a child-like nature that must be encouraged.
This nature is the part that pushes you to be unselfish, daring, loving, welcoming, accommodating, and kind.
It is also the part of you that refuses to see things as they are because it refuses not to be curious, and by doing so, you fill your life with a sense of possibilities.
Finally, our child-like nature gives us the power of anticipation.
You have to understand that a lot of what is good about life is in anticipation of things.
Many think they can only be happy when good things have happened to them, but this is wrong.
The anticipation fills you with hope if you think about what’s going on with you emotionally and mentally.
Know which is which; know which to encourage.
What Does It Mean to Dream of Dolphins Flying?
In this dream, your subconscious is telling you that you need to take a break from activities that are stressful to you.
There is a part of you that is playful, happy, and curious.
Understand that you have this aspect to your persona.
Look at these elements as your “happy place” in those situations.
In other words, you can draw strength from them because, as stressful everyday life can be due to deadlines and people’s expectations, you have what it takes to make it through.
We are not only talking about surviving but thriving too.
Two people can look at the same thing differently and walk away with totally different realities.
One person can look at a situation and see it as a chore or a hassle, while another can see it as an invitation to adventure.
Who do you think would do a better job? Who do you think would be able to do whatever it takes for however long it takes to succeed and be happy?
The answer should be obvious.
So understand that you have this inner happy place you can draw strength and confidence from.
Nobody can take this place away from you.
What Does It Mean to Dream of A Dead Dolphin?
A part of you is in a hurry to grow up, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
But the problem is you might end up throwing the baby with the bathwater if you push to be mature to the breaking point.
All of us have a sense of anticipation and natural curiosity.
We definitely can benefit from encouraging our sense of adventure and possibility.
The problem is these are parts of ourselves we all too willingly sacrifice for “maturity.”
We see maturity as the cheat code that will help us unlock life’s very best.
It is a devil’s bargain because when you turn your back on some crucial child-like qualities, you will discover that you’ve become dead inside.
These qualities are what you need to make it through the journey.
They are not hurdles or liabilities but the assets you need to make it through.
Regardless of the difficulties you encounter, these qualities will ensure that you have a smile on your face.
They will provide you with inner motivation and push you to be the best version of yourself wherever you find yourself.
Dreaming of a dead dolphin means a part of you wants to make that devil’s bargain.
Don’t do it.
What Does It Mean to Dream of A Dolphin Swimming In the Middle of A Group of Sharks?
This dream is a warning from your subconscious.
It is trying to communicate that many of your naive assumptions about yourself, life, and other people will blow up in your face.
It turns out that many people surrounding you are misunderstood, to say the least.
And if you’re so focused on how you see your situation and stubbornly cling to your unrealistic view of people and how life should be, don’t be surprised if things head south.
Of course, disappointments are a part of life, but there’s a big difference between disappointment and disaster.
Do not be the one to find out this difference in the worst way possible.
What Does It Mean to Dream of A White Dolphin?
If the white dolphin is the main image in your dream, this can indicate that your mindset will go through some changes that will lead you to become a better person.
This sounds great, but the problem is changes in our consciousness are often triggered by trauma, disaster, or trial.
For example, when people pray about becoming more patient, they don’t expect God to answer them with trying times, but sometimes that’s what you need for growth.
Similarly, if you pray for love, don’t be surprised when your situation changes to the point where you are forced to be more loving.
Do you see how this works? You want to go on a spiritual journey but cannot choose the circumstances under which it will take place.
Be ready emotionally.
What Does A Baby Dolphin Represent?
If a baby dolphin or a group of baby dolphins is the main image in your dream, this can indicate that you need to nurture your child-like nature some more.
Maybe you’ve reached the point where you’re trying to deny that you have this aspect of your personality; this is a bad decision.
Understand that your child-like nature is your superpower, not your kryptonite.
It is your source of strength because regardless of the stress and frustrations you have to deal with every day, having a child-like nature that pushes you to a life of adventure, curiosity, and possibility, things will get sorted out and fall into place.
But you must have that inner happy place, your fortress of emotional resourcefulness.
Most importantly, you must have mental resolve.
What Does It Mean to Catch A Dolphin In Your Dream?
There are many cases of fishing vessels trying to catch tuna, and their nets end up entangling dolphins.
Thankfully, some of these stories had happy endings, but many of them ended up with dead dolphins.
Pay close attention to your intent when you see yourself catching a dolphin in your dream.
Did you intend to catch a dolphin, or was it an accident? Did the dolphin live?
These are important contextual questions for this type of dream.
Seeing yourself trying to catch a dolphin in your dream indicates that you’re trying to reconnect with your spiritual side.
Generally speaking, this is a good sign.
Your waking mind knows how limited your rational side can be, so you’re trying to reconnect with your superpower.
On the other hand, seeing yourself in a vessel, catching and killing a dolphin by accident can indicate that your mindset is so distracted that you’re willing to sacrifice what makes you powerful and consequential for a few pennies or a short-lived relationship.
Not exactly a good bargain, is it?
What Does It Mean to Ride A Dolphin In Your Dream?
This type of dream imagery indicates that your subconscious is becoming aware that you are becoming more serious about handling certain life situations better.
This can also indicate that you find certain areas of your life boring and routine.
You’re looking for an escape where you feel that life will be more fun and exciting, but the truth is there is no escape.
Depending on your mindset, you can have fun and excitement right here and right now.
These two interpretations go hand in hand where your subconscious becomes aware of your power to infuse purpose, meaning, fun, and excitement in your actions.
Go with it.
What Does It Mean to Chase A Dolphin In Your Dream?
If you’re chasing a dolphin in your dream without any desire to catch up to it, you’re just going through the motions.
You know the power of your child-like nature; you’ve read many books and been inspired by many people.
You know that your child-like nature is your superpower, but the problem is you are not convinced deep down inside.
You like to hang on to your existing mindset, so you reduce everything to a ritual dream where you invest little effort to achieve it without the real intention of catching the dolphin, much less learning from it.
To put it in the harshest term possible, you are fooling yourself regarding spiritual growth.
What Does It Mean to be Helped By A Dolphin In Your Dream?
If, in your dream, a dolphin saved you from drowning or assisted you in any way, this can indicate that somebody that you don’t know well will intervene to help you.
Don’t get too excited.
This reminds me of a Russian folktale about a little bird caught in the snow in a barn.
The little bird was freezing and hanging on for dear life when it finally lost consciousness and fell from its roost.
Out of nowhere came an owl that perched way above the bird and took a poop.
This is the hot, steamy substance the bird needed to remain alive because it was freezing to death.
And this poop, out of nowhere, saved its life.
As the bird was regaining its functions, thanks to the hot poop, in came a cat that dug the bird out of the poop and promptly ate it.
The moral of this Russian folktale is that just because somebody shits on you does not mean they intend you harm.
By the same token, just because somebody digs you out of shit does not mean they have the best intentions or seek to help you.
Please understand that good news can come from unlikely quarters.
You may be surprised that this person would help you, but keep in mind that they were not really looking to help you.
They only started a chain reaction that benefited you.
It’s much better to recognize such situations so you can take full advantage of them.
Don’t look at people’s motivations because the knight in shining armor or the savior you’re looking for will probably not appear.
It’s much better to rely on yourself and your ability to recognize the opportunities and have the resolve to take them when they appear.
Remember that opportunities flash in and out of existence in the blink of an eye.
What Does It Mean to Pet A Dolphin In A Dream?
This dream indicates that you have a strong emotional connection with a particular person in your life.
The connection could be romantic, professional, or mere friendship.
Whatever the case, draw support from these emotional connections because it can lead you to many open doors for yourself to become more mature and effective.
Again, the intention is not part of the picture.
These people have their reasons, and you have yours, which is perfectly okay.
Just be clear about what you’re trying to get out of the relationship to become the best version of yourself.
What Does It Mean to Play With A Dolphin In Your Dream?
Playing with a dolphin means you’re in a loving and playful relationship with your partner.
Keep this level of playfulness alive.
Many people look at their romantic relationships as work.
You know that your relationship could die once you start believing these things about your relationship.
A real relationship should be fun and draw out the best in you.
It is a journey of discovery for both of you.
Look at your playing with a dolphin dream as either embarking on a new relationship or rediscovering your current relationship’s loving and playful side.
Whatever it is, be encouraged by this dream imagery to reconnect or further cultivate the loving and adventurous side of your nature.
What Does It Mean to Dream About Saving A Dolphin?
If you see yourself saving a dolphin from a fishing net or an entanglement in your dream, this can indicate that you gradually lose your sense of self, and you now realize it.
Maybe you’re losing yourself in a relationship or job, or you feel that routine has taken over your life.
Whatever it is, there is a sense that life is not what it should be, and you feel sadness and a sense of loss about it.
When you dream about saving a dolphin, this can indicate that your waking mind is conscious of this fact and willing to make certain changes.
Go with it.
What Does It Mean to be Attacked By A Dolphin In Your Dream?
A dolphin attacking you in your dream is a very bad sign because it indicates that many of your dreams have fallen apart to the point where you feel they’re getting in the way of you enjoying life.
What’s wrong with this picture?
When people have big dreams and plans, they use these to motivate them to do whatever it takes for however long it takes to make the journey.
But many people, in reality, change during the journey.
Circumstances change us, and when there is a disconnect between the dream we thought we had and who we’ve become, all sorts of internal conflicts arise.
We are usually the last to know about these conflicts.
When you see a dolphin attacking you in your dream, your subconscious is aware that the disconnect has happened in your life, and it’s high time that your waking mind becomes aware of this so you can make the necessary changes.
What Does It Mean to See Several Dolphins Jumping In Your Dream?
This indicates that you’re happy right here, right now.
This might come as a shock to some.
Maybe they are going through a divorce or a tough time at work or feel they have a dead-end job.
The truth is there is a lot to celebrate in your life now, but the problem is you’re too focused on one area or one challenge that you’ve robbed yourself of joy.
You have to ask yourself whether problems will ever disappear from your life.
You should know the answer.
So instead of robbing yourself of joy, focus on things that are going right.
Your subconscious is aware of this, and that’s why it’s projecting through the dream imagery of jumping dolphins.
Understand that there is a lot to celebrate right here, right now.
What Does It Mean to See A Dolphin Swim Away In Your Dream?
This dream indicates that you should not lose what you love the most.
You should not be willing to sacrifice what makes you special in the name of “maturity.”
Unfortunately, this type of dream often happens when it’s too late since you’ve already made the compromise.
So that ship has sailed, and this is your subconscious telling you after the fact.
The good news is that the game is not over because your superpower is still locked within you.
It’ll never go away; there may be less of it now, but it doesn’t mean it has fully disappeared.
You can choose to cultivate that sense of excitement, adventure, and joy within you based on the context of your life right now.
It doesn’t have to be dramatic; you don’t have to make a 180-degree change.
A little bit here and there can make a difference later on.
Whatever the case is, understand that all is not lost, at least not yet.
What Does It Mean to Dream of Pink Dolphins?
Generally, this type of dream indicates a romantic relationship.
Either you’re already in one, or there is a new one on the horizon.
What makes pink dolphin dreams a little complicated is that if you’re in a relationship now and your subconscious tells you about a better relationship up ahead.
Maybe this involves bringing your current relationship to a whole other level, but sometimes this means finding what you feel you’re missing in the eyes of somebody new.
Please understand that there’s a big difference between aspiring for new love and having the maturity and emotional integrity to demand such love from your current relationship.
Only you can make this choice.
What Does A Black Dolphin Dream Mean?
When you see a jet-black dolphin dream, this can indicate that you’ve reached a point in your emotional and intellectual evolution to find the strength to succeed.
The first step, of course, is to define what success is.
The second is to do whatever it takes and sacrifice to achieve your vision.
But this comes with a warning because a black dolphin dream is an invitation to be humble enough to seek help if you need it.
Many think that just because they have a vision for themselves that it’s them against the world, but it doesn’t work that way.
If you’ve read the biographies of spectacularly successful people, you will find that many helped them.
The help did not necessarily take the form of venture capital or some cash infusion, but in the form of the right words said at the right time, producing the right response.
And this was all the person needed to turn defeat into victory.
What Does It Mean to Dream of A Dolphin Stranded On Land?
This is the subconscious projection of your unhappiness and depression and what’s bothering you or robbing you of joy.
It points to the decisions you made that you wish you could reverse.
These are questions only you can answer.
You must ask yourself these questions because you can still make it back to the water, unlike that stranded dolphin in your dream.
You only have to navigate the often conflicting emotions you’re going through.
The key here is to be guided by honesty.
Now is not the time to trick yourself into thinking that you should be feeling a certain way.
No, you must go with what you’re feeling right now and come up with solutions.
What Does It Mean to Dream of A Dolphin Jumping Through A Ring of Fire?
This is probably one of the most obvious dreams you will ever have involving dolphins, and it’s also fairly rare.
But if you see this same dream imagery, this indicates that you’ve finally owned up to the fact that you have that sense of adventure and possibility to make any situation fun.
That sense can also be an effective vehicle for your dreams and ambitions.
This is an image of a person who has become unstoppable and, at some level, invincible.
Congratulations because you’ve successfully morphed from a victim of circumstances into a victor.
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Dream interpretation and symbology have fascinated me ever since I read Freud’s classic, “The Interpretation of Dreams.” Ever since, I have explored Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Buddhist as well as Jungian psychological ideas about the meaning of dreams. Thanks for joining me in my exploration of the amazing intersection between our conscious waking world and the rich expanse of our subconscious-the home of our intuition, instincts, and hidden potential.