Dreaming of heavy rain is fairly straightforward, but it can be very tricky when it comes to interpretation.
Most people are aware that any dream imagery involving water almost automatically means a subconscious realization about their emotional state. Emotions are always changing.
They can be chaotic. They’re definitely hard to figure out.
But we can manage. We can set up some sort of grid or template we can use to make sense of our emotions, which often trigger us or unsettle us.
It really all boils down to how prepared you are to deal with emotions. It also involves your level of personal awareness.
There’s usually a correlation between your personal maturity and your ability to manage your emotional state.
With all that out of the way, dreaming of heavy rain is quite challenging because it’s a fairly common dream motif.
How many times have you dreamed and when you look out the window, there’s heavy rain going on?
I would wager a guess that it happens frequently.
Since it’s a fairly common dream image, it’s not unusual for people to just write this off. They just think that it’s an empty detail.
For the most part, that would be a wise decision. But there are many cases where dreaming of heavy rain requires you to sit up and pay attention.
If your mental camera in your dreams keeps going back to the image of the heavy rain outside your window or in the scene in front of you, that might be the central theme of your dream.
Your subconscious may be sending a very important message regarding your emotional state or your life journey involving your emotions, and you need to pay attention.
The General Meaning of Heavy Rain
Heavy rain is a symbol of destruction, loss, heavy emotions, confusion, and negativity.
While it’s very easy to think that this type of dream is purely negative, keep in mind that ultimately, it’s neutral.
A Dream of Heavy Rain Can Be Viewed Positively
Sure, heavy rain can cause a lot of destruction. It can definitely create a flood that can carry away a lot of things that you prize or value.
But it can also destroy obstacles.
It can clean wide surfaces. It can lay the water needed to sustain new life.
I hope you understand where I’m coming from. It’s easy to just focus on the force of heavy rain and automatically assume that it’s negative.
But in reality, there’s a lot more going on. Just like with life, a lot of the things that we think are disasters and catastrophes might not be as negative as we initially thought.
Maybe You Are Just a Disaster Away from the Life You Desire
I know you probably don’t want to hear this, but you might be going through some difficulty that can lead to great breakthroughs.
Many people who are suffering through their relationship because they feel that they deserve better or they could be happier do not want to through a breakup. The idea of a divorce or a split terrifies them.
But when they walk through that fire with all its emotional torture and uncertainty, it may well turn out that to be the best thing that ever happened to them. The same goes with hanging on to a job you hate.
How many Americans do you know hate their jobs? Well, in survey after survey, a large chunk of the working population totally hates their jobs.
But people hang on like ticks and fleas. What if something happened and there is some sort of mass layoff?
A lot of people would think that this is disastrous and depressing, but in reality, it may lead to something better.
Just like heavy rain, we’re afraid of the heavy volume of rain and the resulting flooding. We are afraid of the moisture screwing up the wood panels and other panels of our home.
But it turns out that as challenging as heavy rain may be on many levels, it actually paves the way for growth, renewal, and (if you are mature enough to accept it) freedom.
Embrace the New Beginning
When heavy rains come and they cause flooding or they clear out an area, it’s very tempting to just focus on what you lost or you think you lost.
This is the problem. You become so attached to how things were that you become blind to the opportunity staring at you in the face.
In many cases, for you to get to the next level, you need to clear out your mental attachments.
Let’s you’re trying to make more money. Maybe every month, you feel that you can barely make ends meet.
You just hang on and do the things that you’ve been doing and it’s never enough. You’ve been at it for several years.
It’s as if you are trying to make things work, but you know deep down inside this just isn’t working.
It isn’t enough so something happens.
Maybe you lose your job. Maybe your place burns up.
Whatever the case may be, you can’t stick to your old routine anymore.
And then what happens? You’re left with nothing and you are given a choice.
You can continue to mentally hang on to what you think you lost, or you can stare at what you have in front of you.
And it might seem like a great, big nothing, but it can be an opportunity.
Now, you’re free of attachments. You can start from Day Zero.
Be aware of this opportunity. Don’t be afraid to start all over again because there may be better things out there.
You Are Never Left Without
Another lesson of heavy rain dream imagery is that even after the nastiest storm or the most wicked downpour, you never start from zero. At the very least, you have your memories and the experiences that you can get from them.
This is something.
In many cases, when you allow yourself to start all over again, you’re able to piece together the resources you have access to in such a way that they lead to better returns.
Your relationships may become more fruitful. You may have developed healthier habits.
You may let go of toxic interpretations of your past and become a more empowered and level-headed person.
The possibilities are limitless. It all just depends on you letting go and not feeling so attached to seeing your world only in a certain way.
This is the breakthrough that a lot of people claim to want, but when faced with it in the form of a “disaster,” they get cold feet. It turns out that they don’t want to start from scratch.
Sure, they talk about wanting a better life and deserving a better future.
But when it comes down to it, they’d rather stick with the miserable existence that they had for so long than take a gamble on something that’s possibly better.
We’re creatures of habit.
Are you this way?
Rain Speaks About Creation
It’s very tempting to just think of rain as just bringing death, destruction, and emptiness. After all, when you see a tremendous amount of rain go through an area, it can clear out that area very quickly.
But rain comes from somewhere.
It doesn’t have to rain wherever you are. It doesn’t even have to rain at all.
And from this perspective, rain is some sort of miracle. A lot of things have to fall into place for precipitation to happen in a certain area and not in another.
Viewed from this perspective, you start seeing that rain is a creative force.
Welcoming Emotional Turbulence Can Lead to Creativity
Maybe you need to go through emotional turbulence to unlock your inner creativity.
Maybe you’ve hit a wall, and as much as you try, you can’t just seem to figure things out or come up with a new solution to whatever you have in front of you.
But looking at your emotional states in a new way can help unlock their power.
Don’t get me wrong. A lot of people from the West are scared stiff of their emotions.
It’s easy to see why.
Emotions make you act crazy sometimes. It’s as if you got possessed by a demon and you just go into this habitual emotional feedback loop.
It can get really messy and ugly real quick.
I get all of that.
Letting Go Leads to Freedom
But like the shamans of native American cultures, sometimes you have to go through that emotionally jarring experience so you can let go.
You don’t care about people thinking you’re crazy. You don’t care about going into a place where you’re not supposed to go.
You just let go.
And interestingly enough, this sense of freedom leads to a high level of creative ferment both around you and within you.
Letting Go Can Make a Different Side of You Emerge
When people see that you have let go of your barriers, they see a different layer to you. This may be enough for them to show a different side to you.
This can trigger a positive feedback loop between these people in your life. Not only can this type of exchange and honesty lead to a different level of emotional intimacy, but it can also help you understand the full extent of your personal creative power.
Heavy Rains Can Also Symbolize Treachery
I wish I could tell you that heavy rain, despite its terrifying aspects, is ultimately just all positive. Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
When there are storms, it’s very easy for people to hide because you get triggered by the uncertainty of the storm so your emotional state is focused on it. It makes you vulnerable because people can hide behind emergencies.
A Crisis Makes You Trust People Too Much
There’s an old saying: “Never let a crisis go to waste.”
Because when you’re in a crisis, you’re looking for allies. You’re looking for people to trust.
While you may be engaged and are in a fight-or-flight mode when it comes to certain issues, a part of you is also totally vulnerable. It’s wide open.
You would trust anyone because you’re operating on a high sense of urgency. You’ll take help from wherever you can get it, and this is what makes you vulnerable.
A lot of people would exploit you. A lot of people would take advantage of you.
They would abuse your trust.
Beware of Being Desperate
When you see heavy rain in your dream and the number one sense that you’re getting or the emotional theme that is apparent to you is desperation, be very careful.
Don’t just trust anybody because there are a lot of people who not only would use you, but they also would want to abuse you.
Be on the lookout for that.
Heavy Rains Can Signify Deep and Profound Dissatisfaction
When you see a lot of heavy rain in your dream, your sense of cohesion and completion are challenged.
When you see heavy rain, especially in a field, it isn’t a complete picture. That field is going through a process.
Maybe even the ground is being eroded. Maybe there’s a channel of water forming.
There’s a lot of things that could be going on.
Naturally, people feel unsettled because we’d like to convert reality into a neat, little equation.
We just plug the variables into the equation and out comes a predictable, reliable, and trustworthy number.
But life is not like that. It’s a process.
And a lot of these inputs in this process are unseen. Just like heavy rains, there’s a lot going on.
You may be thinking: “Well, it’s just a downpour.” But there’s a lot going on.
And it is no surprise that your subconscious can use this imagery to communicate your deep and profound lack of satisfaction in many areas of your life.
Maybe you’re impatient. Maybe you’ve been putting in the years.
You feel that you’ve been trying to be understanding to that special person in your life, but they can’t seem to move on. They can’t seem to grow up.
Similarly, you may have a parent or somebody you look up to and there may be strains in that relationship.
Widen Your Perspective
Don’t let the partial picture frustrate you. Just as heavy rainfall is a work in progress and there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes, so are people.
And to think that you have to freeze or slice and dice them in your mind to make sense of them is really a thankless and pointless strategy.
You’re not perfect. You can’t even figure yourself out.
What gives you the right to plug other people into some sort of equation so you can somehow control them in your mind?
It doesn’t work. It doesn’t fit.
Instead, choose to experience them as they evolve in front of you much like a heavy downpour because you don’t know where you’d end up.
See People as Works in Progress
Focus instead on the feedback loop you have with people, and be aware of changes to the relationship and how you’re really feeling about them.
This is probably the more productive to deal with people as works in progress. Otherwise, depression, anxiety, a sense of emotional recklessness — all these can come into play.
This is usually what happens when we try to put people into neat, little boxes. Just as we cannot be contained, they can’t be either.
Do yourself a big favor. Try to see people as they are as part of this larger process and allow your relationship with them to change.
It’s a journey.
A lot of people think: “For me to be true to myself, I should not change.”
Bad idea! Because you end up robbing yourself of all the beauty of your journey through life with that person.
It could be a friend. It could be a family member.
It could be somebody at work. It could be your boss.
It doesn’t matter.
It’s a journey. Let the journey change you.
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.