In dreams about a tunnel, we are crossing the tunnel on foot or by a vehicle. Usually, such a travel arouses feelings connected with cabin fever – the tunnel is dark and narrow, the ceiling and walls are close, or even getting closer and closer, and only the light from the other side leads us.
We are heading to a specific destination, or escaping from somebody/something. Depending on the situation, we are feeling fear and frighten, or curiosity.
How to interpret a dream about a tunnel?
Dreams about tunnels appear usually at the time of significant changes, e.g. the birth of a child, the death of a close person, retirement, etc.
Thanks to tunnels, we are able to travel from one place to another through various immobile objects such as mountains, and a dangerous surrounding. They also symbolize life – we are in a way, passing… Our travel may have double meaning – on one hand, it is external- when we are changing a job or raising a family, on the other hand, internal – when we are healing the emotional wounds, or are trying to change something in our life, behavior, to make it better. Although we can not see the destination yet – just like in a tunnel – somewhere in the distance, there is a smouldering light – the symbol of hope for the better tomorrow.
A dream about a tunnel may be interpreted differently – as a closed, dark space, which leads to a specific destination. Maybe we focus too much on one matter in our life, not thinking about the new ones. It is also possible that we are hiding in a tunnel from the everyday responsibilities, we want to feel safe and protected.
How would Freud interpret a dream about a tunnel?
It is easy to guess that in Freud’s interpretations, tunnels and other dark places had the sexual meaning – they symbolized sexual intercourse and female reproductive organs.
How would Jung interpret a dream about a tunnel?
In Jung’s interpretations, tunnels were the metaphor for the unconscious mind. The light at the end of a tunnel brings hope for the deeper self-recognition.