One of the most refreshing dreams you could ever have is to dive into a swimming pool. Preferably, you’re alone and all you have in front of you is this blue pool of water. It seems so peaceful, serene, and refreshing.
But as calming and pleasant as this type of dream may be, your personal swimming pool dream meaning can actually go much deeper than the peace that you feel.
General meaning of swimming pools and dreams
Water is generally associated with emotions.
When you see a swimming pool as the central focus of your dream, your subconscious is trying to send you signals regarding controlled emotions.
Unlike the sea, ocean, or even a lake, when you see water in a pool, you’re looking at your personal control over your emotions.
It doesn’t flow into a larger body of water.
It doesn’t get added to on a continuous basis.
It just stays there in one easy-to-find and well-defined location.
This has its plus side as well as its negative side.
On the positive side, you understand the importance of having emotional boundaries and you have a good idea of the appropriate emotional response given a certain set of circumstances.
You are not similarly challenged in the sense that you can’t quite match your emotional response to certain situations.
The downside to controlled emotions is that you can only stay within certain emotional boundaries for so long until they hold you back from emotionally maturing.
In many cases, you might prefer a controlled range of emotional responses as a way of keeping control over your personal life.
This has many practical positive effects, to be sure.
The downside is that you’re taking fewer emotional risks and you may not grow as fully as you would hope.
Also, if you work in a creative field—and I’m talking about writing, the arts, songwriting, singing, or performing—emotions are crucial for full creative exploration.
How can you sing or write about heartbreak or personal challenges when you haven’t given yourself enough space to empathize to a full degree with people who have experienced such situations?
On the whole, a swimming pool dream is positive because of the element of control, but it does have its limitations.
What does it mean to see an empty swimming pool in your dream?
When you’re looking at an empty pool, your subconscious is reminding you that you are going through a period of reassessment.
There are certain emotional coping mechanisms that you are conscious of.
You are also aware that they may not be fully helping you to their fullest degree.
So you are picking things apart, trying to study yourself, and practicing a fairly deep level of self-awareness.
A lot of people might despair at seeing an empty swimming pool, but actually, this is a very positive sign.
You yourself have drained the water.
You have taken control over this emotional control system that is built into your personal core.
Congratulations, because most people can’t do this.
Most people are not aware enough to do this.
You have taken the right steps and the reassessment, reevaluation, and changing of your emotional makeup and coping mechanisms don’t happen overnight.
In many cases, there are all sorts of false starts and dead ends that you have to deal with.
But eventually, things will work out.
It is definitely worth it.
What does it mean to dream of an indoor swimming pool?
An outdoor swimming pool already indicates some level of emotional control.
Can you imagine the extra control that you would have when you build a swimming pool completely inside your home?
Maybe you have to go down to the floor to enter the swimming pool.
Maybe it is enclosed on all four sides by thick walls.
Whatever the case may be, an indoor swimming pool represents heightened control over your emotions.
Under the surface, this might seem like good news.
It definitely /strong>indicates a higher level of discipline.
It also speaks to your personal priorities.
You probably understand that if you make decisions on an emotional basis, chances are the choices that you make might not be all that good.
Either that or you might not have seen the consequences that they brought because you made those choices emotionally.
But this also has a negative side.
When you put so many walls around your emotions, there’s a danger of blaming your emotions or denying them instinctively.
For some people, they are skilled enough to the point that they can detect a trigger that almost always brings out the worst in them.
So to preempt that, they lock down their emotions.
They decide to make certain decisions in a certain way given a certain set of triggers or stimuli.
That is emotional mastery.
That’s not what I’m talking about.
Instead, you instinctively shut out emotions because you’re afraid of having to go through the process of figuring out the optimal response.
In your mind, you’d rather overreact than run the risk of failing.
While this does have its merit, at the end of the day, it does more harm than good.
It can definitely prevent you from growing emotionally.
Because at a deep level, you are simply reacting to people and circumstances instead of responding based on your values.
What does it mean to dream of a dirty swimming pool?
When you see leaves or even the floating carcasses of dead small animals or bugs on your pole, it is very discouraging, not to mention, disgusting.
The dream meaning of this image is quite simple.
You feel that your efforts at controlling emotional decision-making and emotional thinking, in general, cause more harm than good.
You can only see the downside.
You can only see how cold it makes you or how it kind of blocks you off from knowing other people on a deeper level.
You’ll also see the opportunity costs that may have slipped your grasp.
However, you see it all as a necessary evil.
There’s another way to approach this.
It’s dirty, precisely because you built it and you failed to maintain it.
Please understand that emotional mastery is not a one-and-done project.
You can’t just spend all your time, effort, and willpower putting up this emotional control system and then letting it cost you.
You don’t invest any more time and effort into it.
It doesn’t work that way.
You have to maintain it just like you have to maintain a pool.
This means proactively trying to be aware of how your coping mechanisms are working and making adjustments.
Is the process of making adjustments easy?
Of course, not.
It can get quite messy because you have to experiment.
A lot of it is trial and error but once you get the hang of it, you become more confident as your competence level goes.
That’s how it works.
What does it mean to dream of a pool party?
When you’re having a pool party in your dream, this is an indication that you are confident in your ability to control your emotions.
This is actually a sign of victory.
When you have achieved a decent level of mastery over your emotions and emotional decision-making, chances are you’ll make good enough decisions.
Chances are you’ll get along well enough with the people around you.
You don’t send off overly toxic signals and misunderstandings that you may have triggered
because of rash words or unthoughtful actions that can easily be explained and worked around.
When you dream of having a pool party, you’re actually letting people into your consciousness because you’re confident, you’re not afraid of hurting them, you’re not afraid of sending off the wrong signal, you just appreciate their company.
Because you know you are a competent and emotionally mature person.
What does it mean to dream of sitting alone by the pool?
This is probably one of the most powerful dreams you could ever have but not for the reasons you might think.
Let me begin with a story.
There was a guy who went to a lumber mill to get a job as a lumberjack.
The lumber mill owner said, “Yeah, we need to hire new people so here you are, ” and then gave him an ax.
The new lumberjack was a strapping young man.
He was just full of energy, and he went straight to work.
On that first day, he produced 100 pieces of lumber.
The owner was stunned.
He said, “That was amazing because most of my other guys could barely produce 25. You’re doing really well.”
The young lumberjack kept this up but as the weeks went by, his production dropped and dropped.
By the time the fifth week came around, he could barely produce 10 pieces of lumber per day.
The owner told him, “If you keep this up, I’m sorry but I have to let you go because this is way below our production target. I’m not making money. We’re losing money at this level.”
Stunned by what the owner said, the lumberjack resolved to pour everything he got into the next day, and improve his output.
Unfortunately, by the end of the day, he only managed to produce five pieces of lumber.
Close to tears, he went to talk to the lumberyard owner and asked to resign.
He didn’t want the disgrace and dishonor of being fired so he wanted the courtesy of resigning.
Before he left the owner’s office, the owner said, “I’m sorry that you’re going and I’m sorry that I would have let you go. But let me ask you when was the last time you sharpened your ax?”
Then and only then did the young lumberjack realize that he has never sharpened his axe since the day it was given to him.
He never bothered to sharpen it because it was so razor-sharp when he got it.
The same applies to your mind.
If you don’t practice mindfulness, if you don’t try to read books that challenge you, if you don’t expose yourself to ideas to challenge your assumptions, or put yourself in the presence of people that can push your intellectual and emotional hot buttons, you’re not growing.
You’re becoming dull and before you know it, you’ll become less effective.
Just as an ax that isn’t sharpened gets duller every time you use it, the same goes with your mind.
Every time you try to do your work and you stay within the same assumptions and expectations without bothering to think of new ways of doing things or ways of challenging your output volume and quality, you begin to stagnate.
When you see yourself alone by the pool, you are taking time to invest in your mind.
Use that time wisely.
The first half of this involves just simply letting your mind calm down.
Instead of thinking about the drama at home or the drama at the office or any other issues that produce some sort of emotional turbulence, just let it rest.
Just enjoy the moment.
I’m not even talking about practicing mindfulness or meditation.
Instead, just be in the moment.
If you are enjoying a cup of coffee in front of you, like I am right now, just look at the cup.
Sip it, savor the taste.
There is no one to become, no future to think about, no past to agonize over, just you and whatever it is you’re doing.
Once you’ve gotten into the rhythm of that, the next step is to adopt some sort of mindfulness or better yet, meditation practice.
By doing these things, you sharpen your acts.
Because that’s what you need to be more creative, responsive, and effective.
Because if you think that you don’t need to sharpen your cognitive, as well as your spiritual skills, you start to die.
You focus only on what you know or what you think you know, and then before you know it, they do a lousy job of dealing with changed circumstances.
After all, there is only one thing that is constant in life and that is change.
How can you insist on dealing emotionally the same way with things in your life when these things are always changing?
What does it mean to dream of being in an empty pool?
If you find yourself right in the middle of an empty pool and you’re not using it for skateboarding, your subconscious is showing you an image of power.
You should say to yourself, “I did this. I am the center of this. I am in control.”
Do you know how hard it is to deal with emotions?
A lot of people are convinced that if they are toxic or they constantly suffer from depression or anxiety, that that is who they are.
They think that is part of their identity.
Some even believe that it’s rooted in their DNA, there’s nothing they can do about it because it’s a physiological reality.
Well, you can knock yourself out believing in those things, but when you dream of being in the middle of an empty pool, your subconscious is telling you that you have taken ownership over your life.
You have drained the water.
You are at the center.
You have taken control.
You’re not blaming your parents, you’re not blaming the past, you’re not beating yourself up about what could possibly happen in the future, you just are right there in the middle at one place and at one time.
This is an image of power.
You are definitely on the right path.
Keep at it.
It is definitely worth it.
Because that’s the kind of power nobody can take away from you because it’s not dependent on what other people do or what they think.
This is the beginning of true self-ownership.
What does it mean to dream of going to a pool party?
Do you have a friend who talks to you only when they’re depressed?
One of my best friends in graduate school was like that.
He would only call me when he was facing some sort of soul-crushing, depressive experience, and every time we talked, it followed the same script.
He would talk about how everything was going wrong in his life, how everybody misunderstood him, couldn’t understand him, so on and so forth, and by the end of that two to three-hour conversation, (which isn’t much of a conversation after all because real conversations are two-way streets) you can feel the relief in his voice.
I, on the other hand, felt like Atlas, the Greek mythological God with the world’s worries on my shoulders.
I can remember several times that this happened with my friend but I just chose to remain quiet because that’s the best way I could help him.
I shared this with you because emotions are infectious.
If you truly want to help somebody, shut up.
If they wanted to talk to a psychiatrist who would give them a game plan to fix their issues, they would have done that but they chose to talk to you instead so they’re looking for something else.
The best thing that you could do is to shut up.
Don’t put on a cape and try to play some sort of emotional rescue superhero.
Just be there for them by asking them questions that would enable them to dig deeper and to fully let it out.
But this second piece of advice is something that I wish I followed because if I did, I would not have felt the way I did with my best friend all those years ago after he unloaded his personal angst on me.
Here’s the advice.
It’s one thing to be present and be there for the other person, but not carry their load.
It is their load.
Don’t absorb it to the point that it weighs you down.
Because depression and anxiety can be infectious.
So be empathetic, absorb it, but let it pass through.
Don’t bottle it up because it will weigh you down.
It will sap your energy, and if you’re not careful, you may go down that slippery emotional slope as well.
You have to understand that there’s a thin line between feeling helpless, feeling confused, and then feeling helpless, and then feeling helpless, and then hopeless.
Remember, people who commit suicide are only able to do that because they reached that point where they are convinced that there is no hope.
Not only is there no hope, but the world would be better off without them.
Do you see how this works?
So when you have friends who you communicate with on a deep level, the dream image of going to a pool party is a warning to you to have the right plan when communicating with your friends.
This way, you can help them without being saddled by their strong emotions.
That’s how you can contribute.
That’s how you can help.
Don’t let yourself be burned.
It’s bad enough, they’re going through a tough time, don’t follow them into the abyss.
What does it mean to dream of a large pool?
Do you ever seen an infinity pool?
These are amazing.
They are designed in such a way and located in selected areas of a typical property that they seem to melt into the horizon.
I don’t know about you, but when you’re relaxing in a pool and you dip down to eye level, there’s something especially relaxing when you can see the edge of the pool melt into the horizon.
When you see this in your dream, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you have a lot more power to control your emotions than you give yourself credit for.
In fact, your power is unlimited.
It’s only limited or cut off by your imagination and your willingness to give yourself permission.
Give yourself permission to control your emotions.
Give yourself permission to be the master of your life.
I know, these seem like very big concepts but the payoff on a day-to-day basis is worth it.
Because if you feel that you’re just treading water, not really going anywhere, maybe it’s because of a lack of emotional mastery.
Let your emotions serve you instead of you, being the servant of your emotions.