Dreams about Rivers

In our dreams rivers are majestic symbols that represent the ever changing constant flow of life; a powerful image that emerges when we transition from one phase of life to another. The river tells you a story about your own inner calmness and uncertain things happening in life.

What is the meaning of seeing a river in a dream?

Generally dreams about water usually connect the dreamer to their unconscious emotions, but a river differentiates itself due to its uninterrupted continuous movement – a metaphoric image casting a reflection of the dreamers current state of mind.

This is might be why rivers in our dreams are either calm, muddy, black or overflowing. By examining the state of the river in your dream you are technically standing back and examining your energic force as you navigate throughout your life’s journey.

The river is one of those dream symbols that will help you find your happiness or tell you how to get there.

River dreams & major milestones in a person’s life

  • spiritual transformations
  • death and rebirth
  • baptisms, bar mitzvahs and confirmations
  • shift into adulthood
  • fertility (moving body of water)
  • school graduation ceremonies
  • weddings, retirement parties, and funerals.

Swimming in the river dream meaning

Essentially when the dreamer is swimming in the river it represents his or her energy flow state or going with the flow; finding balance along your life’s path. How did the water appear? Swimming in the river in your dream is considered a positive omen suggesting that you are on top of this “flow state” of being. What the Taoist might call Wu Wei living in harmony with the Tao (natural flow of life) with out much resistance.

If you notice in your dream that the river is overflowing or flooding it implies life demanding pressures, emotional challenges before changes and dangers of being consumed by your outer world. Dreaming of river sand is a negative omen that represents waisted time.

Green or black river dream

The color of the river also contains a symbolic message. The darker the water the more mysterious and unexplored it is. To dream of black river water represents the unconsciousness – a place of spiritual awakening, peace, and revival. Dreaming of green river water connects the dreamer to positive changes, good health, growth, fertility, healing, hope, vigor, vitality, peace, and heart chakra.

If you notice a Muddy River in your dream it becomes a negative symbol of challenges, lack of clarity and hindrances in your life’s journey. A symbol that encourages the dreamer to practice mindfulness meditation in order to clear these negative thoughts from disturbing your piece of mind.

Biblical Meaning Of River In Dreams

The river holds major significance in both Judaism and Christianity since the Bible claims that the Israelites crossed it into the Promised Land and that Jesus of Nazareth was baptized by John the Baptist in it. The Biblical meaning of the river in your dream represents life and the struggles that you are faced along your journey. By emerging from the river water you will be reborn.

Spiritual meaning of river dreams

The Ancient Greek, pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus said “You could not step twice into the same river”; meaning that the world constantly changes and that no two situations are exactly the same. The spiritual meaning of rivers in dreams means that life is always changing and you must learn to let go or you will be consumed by the force.