If you find yourself in your dream looking out into a body of water, maybe a bay or a coastline, and you see waves coming in, you probably think that your dream doesn’t mean much of anything. This is the main difficulty with understanding waves dream meaning.
If you live by the beach or you pass by an open body of water, you probably have seen waves many times before.
In fact, like many people, you probably don’t think twice about them.
When you see them, you just as quickly forget about them.
If the main focus of your dream involves waves, you might want to invest the time and energy needed to truly understand your wave dream’s meaning.
This effort can be well worth it.
Your wave dreams actually mean quite a bit as far as your waking life is concerned.
General meaning of wave dreams
Water is almost universally associated with emotions.
A lot of people tend to overlook the importance of emotions when it comes to the reality that they live on a day-to-day basis.
If you ask any mature adult, they will tell you that life is the result of our choices.
I know this is kind of a hard lesson for a lot of people to accept, but it is the truth.
It is what it is.
But where do you think these choices come from?
According to a fairly recent study, it turns out that when people make decisions, especially involving money, they tend to make it impulsively.
In other words, emotions play a larger role in our decision-making processes than we care to realize.
Interestingly enough, when the test subjects were interviewed to explain why they made the choices they did.
They came up with all sorts of reasonable or even logical-sounding explanations.
What this study highlight is that, at its core, a lot of our decisions are reactive and emotional in nature.
But when it comes time to remember them, make sense of them, or explain them to other people, we come up with logical and seemingly reasonable answers.
This is what makes decisions, and by extension, our lives, so complicated.
If we only owned up to the reality that we let our emotions guide our decisions, we would be able to come up with a framework that would enable us to make better choices.
But all this time, we buy into our “rational” explanations of our choices.
In reality, we are, at some level or other, lying to ourselves and that’s why we tend to make the kind of choices that we make.
Now, are all our choices bad?
Of course, not.
But could they use some improvement?
When you see waves in your dreams and these make up the main focus of your nighttime vision, your subconscious is trying to get the message across to you that your emotions play a big role in the shape and direction of your life.
Much like struggling against waves when you’re swimming can be very difficult unless you learn how to work with them, the same goes with your emotions.
You may find yourself stuck in an area of your life, maybe your relationship, your career, your finances, your health, or your mental health, or whatever else, and try as you might, you can’t quite get the result that you want.
It’s not for lack of trying.
You’re giving it enough time, space, and resources, but you can’t quite see the outcome.
You’re unhappy, frustrated, or something doesn’t sit well with you.
Whatever the case may be, you’re unsettled and you know you’re capable of so much more.
Well, a lot of this has to do with your emotions.
Own up to them, identify them, label them correctly, and see how much of an impact they play in your choices.
This is how you make progress.
This is the message that your subconscious is trying to send to you in the metaphor of waves in your dreams.
Because waves represent life’s flow but they don’t come from anywhere.
They definitely don’t come from your parents or some sort of intergenerational curse, or blessing.
Ultimately, they come from you.
Because whatever pattern you may have been born into and whatever culture surrounds you, these will only really have an impact on your personal reality if you give them permission to.
In other words, it’s all about your choice.
You have to take full ownership of that and a key part of this is to understand the role your emotions play.
Otherwise, they will continue to work against you instead of for you.
Life is flowing just like waves and these are pushed forward and backward by our choices.
Our choices in what we think, say and do have consequences.
We will be fooling ourselves if we deny this fundamental truth.
So if you want to change for the better or if you want to just fully become more aware of who you are so you can be happier in your own skin, understand the power of emotions.
This is not something to be embarrassed about, especially if you’re a man.
It is what it is.
Your decisions are powered mostly by emotions.
It’s time to take stock of them.
And by doing so, get on the road to fully owning them and their consequences.
This is how you take control of your life.
Because if you don’t like the results so far, understand that you can change how things play out by deciding differently.
But for your decisions to change enough, you have to understand the interplay of logic and emotions and how you make your decisions.
What does it mean to dream of waves crashing against the boat?
When you see somebody else on a boat and waves are crashing against it, possibly even threatening to capsize it, you are seeing the beginning of some sort of effort to make sense of emotional decision-making and emotional thinking.
I’ve already covered emotional decision-making above.
I want to focus on the section on emotional thinking.
Has this ever happened to you?
You’re minding your own business, taking care of your daily routine, and then for whatever reason, maybe because you saw something on the news, you heard a familiar song or somebody mentioned the name, you think of somebody that had a strong emotional impact on you.
Maybe it’s a schoolyard bully who used to slap you around and publicly humiliate you.
Maybe it’s your first boyfriend or girlfriend who broke your heart because they cheated on you.
Maybe it’s your first boss and things got off on the wrong foot and you quit or got fired from that job, and you felt like a complete and total loser.
Whatever the case may be, there’s some sort of memory from a specific time and a specific place in your life that comes with all sorts of negative emotional baggage.
What happens when you come across that memory?
If you’re like most people, you freeze in your tracks.
And then, as you try to recollect yourself, your day is ruined.
You can’t quite put your finger on it and you can’t clearly articulate that it was that memory that ruined the rest of your day, but it’s not as bright or as energetic as before.
Your energy level starts to slump and by the time five o’clock rolls around, you barely have any willpower left.
If you try hard enough, you will notice that this happens to you.
You’d be surprised as to how much of your willpower and personal focus can be sapped by some memory, mental image, or situation that you think of.
These have power.
When you dream of waves crashing against the boat, your subconscious is trying to tell you about emotional thinking.
You suffer from it just like many other people.
The question is, are you happy with the results?
Are you happy with your energy level and willpower hitting a snag or even plummeting off a cliff the moment your emotions flare once again into your consciousness?
This is probably one of the main reasons why people fail to live up to their fullest potential.
There are certain mental and emotional constructs.
Maybe based on the past, maybe based on worries about the future, or maybe based on some situations that we keep thinking about.
Whatever form they may take, we simply give them too much power.
They have this hold on us that the moment we think about them, even for a split second, the damage is already done because that roller coaster effect of emotions kicks in.
We completely forget about them so we can turn around and point the finger and assign blame.
And this is the problem.
We just say to ourselves, “Well, I just don’t have enough willpower.”
Or “My day is ruined, this is one of those days.”
You might want to dig deeper because if you casually just write off your day and say, “Well, this is one of those days,” you’re never going to get to the root of the problem.
Emotional thinking is taking a toll on you and you know it because you’re capable of so much more.
There are so many more places you could go, people, you could see, and realities you can experience.
But because of emotional thinking, you are where you are.
Your life has the trajectory that it has because you can’t quite divorce certain thoughts and processes from certain strong emotions.
h2>What does it mean to dream of big waves?
Waves can get really terrifying.
I remember going on a tour of Hawaii and the tour guide showed us this place on the Big Island that got hit by 30-foot waves.
You can imagine yourself with 30-foot waves peaking at 260-foot waves.
If you imagine yourself on a building’s sixth floor, that’s how high the peak waves were.
There’s something ominous about big waves because just by looking at them, you can tell that the ending is almost always going to be bad.
Worse yet, there’s a sense of finality to them.
They will happen.
Because when you see that wave and all those 60 feet of it headed your way, you know something bad is gonna happen to you.
It is, after all, a wall of water.
Since water is a universal symbol for emotions, there is something about that wall of emotion and the power that it brings that reduces you into a powerless person.
When your subconscious uses the metaphor of large waves, it is trying to give you a warning.
It is trying to wake you up from the delusion that you think you make rational and logical decisions.
You think you’re not biased, you think you weigh everything carefully before making a conclusion.
Deep down inside, your emotions run you.
The question is, are you willing to take control over it?
Because if you have allowed yourself to be blind to the real influences that affect your day-to-day decisions, you really lack control over your life.
What makes this so painful and confusing is that you think you’re in control.
You come up with all these logical explanations.
You come up with all these associated mental associations.
But all of that really are districts you play on yourself when deep down inside, there are these emotional associations linked to impulses that can be traced to past events.
They run your life.
They affect how you see reality.
Until and unless you want to dig deeper, the waves are just gonna get bigger and bigger, and you will be powerless against them because you’re not approaching them the right way.
What does it mean to see waves crashing on a shoreline wall?
Many coastal areas in the United States and many other parts of the world have seawalls.
So when there are waves, the seawalls are measured, calculated, and positioned strategically to break the momentum of the waves.
All that awesome power is essentially neutralized by these walls.
Of course, they don’t always work, especially when the waves were caused by a massive storm.
They also don’t work in the case of tsunamis.
But when it comes to normal waves, they get the job done.
If this is the dynamic that your mind focuses on in your dream, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you that you’re making progress, whether you’re aware of it or not, in your drive to take more control over your emotions.
The first step is acknowledgment.
It’s perfectly okay to admit certain emotions because depending on where you were born, depending on your family traditions, and your family dynamics, sometimes, it’s very hard to express anger or admit fear.
Maybe your family has an unexpected way of expressing worry.
Whatever the case may be, by simply being more honest with what you’re feeling, eventually, will lead to a calmer disposition of your emotions and eventually, a higher and higher level of control.
What does it mean to dream of a calm sea?
The seeming antithesis of a wave dream is a calm sea.
In the Christian Bible Book of Revelation, the apostle John prophesied that at the end of time, when God comes again to judge the world during the second coming of Jesus Christ, there will be no more sea.
And then there’s another part where it’s basically like glass.
This is a very paralyzing image because we are used to defining seas or any open marine body of water as having some sort of motion on it.
At the very least, the wind is blowing and it’s causing some ripples on the surface of the water.
Well, if you see a calm sea and it looks like a sheet of glass, this is your subconscious communicating to you that you may be laboring under a false impression regarding your efforts at overcoming emotional thinking.
People tend to overthink and overdo, and they end up going in the wrong direction.
It’s as if the pendulum swung all the way in the other direction and you just end up in the same place.
They think a completely emotionless life is the perfect life.
They think looking at a sea that has the surface quality of a sheet of glass indicates inner peace, tranquility, and complete freedom from the troubles of life.
Ideas like these in of themselves bring problems as well.
They set up unrealistic expectations and if we’re not careful, we focus so much on these expectations that when life does what it normally does, we end up shattered.
When you’re dreaming of a calm sea, pay close attention.
This is a metaphor for setting up the wrong expectations.
Life is full of ups and downs.
Life is what happens when you’re making other plans.
Get used to it.
Frame your pursuit of more logical and rational decision-making in the context of this reality and you will be fine.
What does it mean to dream of muddy waters in waves?
Usually, when people look at waves on a beach, they focus on the foam.
Some beaches are so beautiful that the water is green.
But in some situations, the waves actually steer up water that has a lot of sand in it.
In coastal areas where freshwater and marine water mix, sometimes there’s muddy water.
When you see this type of dream image in your nighttime visions, your subconscious is trying to communicate to you deep feelings of regret that may be complicating your efforts at taking control over your emotional thinking.
You know, you can make better decisions earlier but you felt that you didn’t really have much of a choice and now life has basically overwhelmed you.
You focus on your responsibilities, the debts you owe, the day-to-day grind, so you feel that you’re just tapped out emotionally even though a lot of this makes sense to you.
You feel that you’re just really not in a position to make any deep fundamental changes as far as your emotions go.
Your personal waters have been muddied, metaphorically speaking, by the concerns of day-to-day life.
At a certain level, this makes a lot of sense but hey, let’s face it, people are practical.
They rather deal with the issue that’s in front of them, but the problem with that is you never get anywhere.
The reason why you are where you are is because of short-term thinking.
If you don’t look at the big picture, you don’t want to invest the time and mental space needed to do some heavy digging so that the overall direction of your life changes.
Instead, you just want to take care of the problems as they appear on a day-to-day basis because that’s all the emotional resources that you have.
I get that.
A lot of people who are stuck in life and a lot of people who feel that they are far from living up to their fullest potential operate that way and it’s understandable.
But just because it’s common doesn’t mean that that is the right path for you.
You have to make a choice.
You have to ask yourself if what you’re trying to do is important enough for you to give it all you’ve got.
Because if you just want to get to the next step, you can’t just do what you’ve been doing.
Because the more you repeat it, the more the trajectory will play out and you better not be unhappy with the end result because that’s the life you chose.
What does it mean to dream of clear water in calm waves?
If it seems like calm regular waves are coming over the horizon and when you look really closely, you can see the water is transparent, even crystalline, this, of course, is not real and you know it isn’t real.
You know that it stands for your ideals.
Your subconscious is trying to communicate to you and using this graphic metaphor to let you know that you have reached the point where you can understand where your ideals begin and end, and where reality begins and ends.
This is an image of maturity.
What is sad is to assume that this is the reality.
You have to understand that a lot of times if we want to hit the moon, we have to aim for the sun.
While it’s great to think about full emotional control, when it comes to our day-to-day lives, even aiming for maybe 25% or 50% control is a game changer in itself.
But if we try to set our bar to 25% to 50%, what do you think will happen?
That’s right, we’ll probably barely hit 1%to 5%.
That’s how the human mind works.
So it’s great to set a high bar but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t hit a bullseye.
That is just to guide you.
That’s what ideals are for.
This is the main reason we came up with the idea of a perfect example.
By definition, they are unattainable.
So the key here is setting proper expectations and learning to recognize success in whatever form it takes.
Don’t become the victim of your own unrealistic expectations.
This applies to your finances, this applies to your job, this applies to your love life, and this definitely applies to your efforts at clear, less-emotional thinking.
What does it mean to surf a calm wave?
Generally speaking, it’s very difficult to surf a calm wave because it’s usually not as powerful as regular waves.
They come in different sizes, they’re unpredictable, but they have enough power.
So when you see yourself surfing or riding a calm wave, this is a rhetorical metaphorical image from your subconscious.
This is a best case scenario.
It is intended to remind you of what you need to work on and how to recognize success in your efforts at controlling emotional thinking.
But as I mentioned above, this is not the standard so don’t get your hopes up to the point that you hold yourself up to impossible standards.
It’s important to aim high but be ready and be practical also.
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.