"In my dream, my children and I were standing on the porch of a seaside house. I saw a towering wave coming towards us and I wrapped my kids in my arms and then clung to a wooden beam. The wave was so strong that it ripped my little girl from my arms. I let out a wail so gut-wrenching and I called out to God. The next wave pounded upon us but it brought back my daughter and I grabbed her back from the ocean."
Let's look at the dream symbols:
The Dream Symbols
Porch.Typically symbolizing a time for relaxation and reflection.
Seaside.Again, a time of relaxation and reflection as one gazes out upon the ocean. This implies some separation from the emotions. Being able to reflect upon them and not being overcome by them.
Towering wave.Overwhelming emotional event.
Taking away daughter.Losing a child or some aspect of her.
Wave bringing her back.The child will return or be restored in an emotional manner.
During what should be a peaceful and enjoying time of life, a threatening emotional event that involves the dreamer's daughter will or has taken place. Dreamer will be struck with tremendous pain and in her grief, she will turn to divinity for aid. Her daughter will be restored to her.
In a profound way, this dream *was* therapy for this dreamer. In her waking life, her little girl was struck by a life-threatening illness and nearly died. The threat of losing a child is a parent's worst torment so although this event was in her past, these dreams replayed the event to work out some of the deep seated emotions still lingering in the dreamer's subconscious mind.
This is a good example of how dreams help us cope with haunting issues in our waking lives. Typically, recurring dreams tell us that there is something to be resolved. In this case, the real threat of losing her child was long gone, but the event wreaked such havoc upon her psyche that she relived the horror over and over again until time worked its healing magic. The dreamer reported that eventually, these dreams of anguish subsided.