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Tsunami Dream – Meaning and Symbolism

Familiarizing yourself with dream symbolism is essential when it comes to interpreting your dreams. In this day and age, many believe that all dreams have meanings and symbolize something. The general belief is that dreams try to pass a message to the dreamer.  

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If you happened to dream of a tsunami, it’s quite normal to feel confused about what it could mean and why you had such a dream. Dreams about tsunamis aren’t very common so you may find it strange and also worrying.  

In this article, we’ll take a look at what your tsunami dream could mean and why it happens.  

General Meaning of Dreams about Tsunamis 

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A tsunami occurs when a large volume of water is displaced in a body of water, causing a series of waves. It’s typically caused by volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, or explosions above or below water.  

As frightening as a tsunami dream may be, its meaning may not always be negative. Such dreams can have both positive and negative meanings, but this depends on the context and various elements of the dream.   

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Here’s a quick look at some of the most common tsunami dream scenarios and the meanings behind them.  

1. Dreaming of Seeing a Tsunami 

If you dream of watching a tsunami from a distance, it could mean that an issue capable of leading to disaster is approaching you. It might be something you’ve not been paying close attention to, and if it continues, it could end up destroying you.  

Also, the fact that you can see it coming means that the issue is something you may be able to solve or avoid. Better still, this dream could be warning you to prepare for its impending arrival. 

2. Dreaming of Surviving a Tsunami 

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If you dreamed of surviving a tsunami, it implies that you have the strength and desire to overcome hardships in your life. It represents your willpower to survive whatever trials life may be throwing your way.  

A dream like this could also be your subconscious mind assuring you that you will see through the obstacles. You would overcome the tsunami (which symbolizes the hardships) rather than be consumed by it. 

3. Dreaming of a Sudden Tidal Wave  

Seeing a tidal wave appear suddenly in a dream could represent the aftermath of a disaster. You might not have been affected directly by this disaster, but it could take its toll on you. Although you may be trying to ignore it and focus on what’s in front of you, your subconscious mind could be trying to hold on to it, not allowing you to move on.  

4. Dreaming of Running Away from a Tsunami 

Dreaming of running away from something generally represents a lack of confidence to face something head-on. If you see yourself running away from a tsunami in your dream, it could mean that you fail to or choose not to acknowledge your emotions and feelings.  

if you’re the kind of person who dislikes confrontation and always tries to keep your feelings bottled up, this dream could be letting you know that sooner or later you’ll need to face the issues. Dreaming of such a scenario could be your subconscious mind telling you that you need to express yourself better and face your problems instead of running away from them.  

5. Dreaming of Getting Caught in a Tsunami  

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This dream can be terrifying and leave you feeling frightened and suffocated upon waking up. It could mean that there’s an ongoing problem in your life that’s slowly consuming you and needs to be addressed.  

If you were engulfed by the tsunami and see yourself riding the waves, it could have a positive meaning. It could mean that although you may have to face some extremely difficult situations in your waking life, you will always be victorious.  

Drowning after being engulfed by a tsunami is a sign that you’re not content in your waking life. Others may look at you and say you’re blessed and that everything is going well for you, but you may be worried or dissatisfied about something.  

6. Dreaming of Dying in a Tsunami 

Anything related to death never sounds like good news so waking up from such a dream might sour your mood and leave you feeling scared. However, dying in a Tsunami doesn’t necessarily represent that something bad is going to happen.  

This dream could simply mean that a certain chapter of your life is coming to an end and a fresh one waits for you. It could also represent the end of an issue that has been bothering and pressuring you, affecting your everyday activities.  

7. Dreaming about a Dirty Tsunami Wave 

To dream about a dirty tsunami could mean that you’re hiding something from your loved ones and that keeping these secrets is making you feel overwhelmed. It could be a sign to open up to them instead of bottling everything. After all, the more lies you tell, the more lies you will have to tell to cover up the initial lies. You may relieve yourself of a great deal of stress and anxiety by being honest and telling the truth.  

8. Dreaming of an Animal Running Away from a Tsunami  

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If you see one or more animals running away from a tsunami in your dream, it could imply that certain people in your waking life are distancing themselves from you. Your dream could be letting you know that it’s time to pay attention to what is going on in your reality. You may be sharing too much information with those around you, which has led them to run away from you.  

On the other hand, the dream could also mean that people who you thought were your friends are now leaving you and want nothing to do with you. This could be a good thing, as it may be time for you to learn who your true friends are.  

Recurring Dreams about a Tsunami 

If you have recurring dreams about a tsunami, it’s important to know that there’s no reason to panic. Instead, you may want to slow down and take a look around you. You may notice things about the people in your life or certain situations that need to be dealt with that you hadn’t noticed before.  

In this case, your tsunami dream could help you to right what is wrong in your waking life. If you’ve been feeling worried or anxious about a certain issue, you can work on solving it and you may find that once you do, the dreams will stop.  

However, if you still continue to have such dreams, it might be a good idea to talk to a professional who could help you identify and address any issues you may be currently dealing with.  

Wrapping Up 

As mentioned earlier, a tsunami dream isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it can show you what’s wrong in your waking life so that you may be able to find a solution to your problems. If you have these dreams, rather than being afraid about the dream, take the time to understand the details and what they might mean.  

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.