Dreams where you are restricted for space or confined in narrowing hallways or tunnels are normally experienced when the dreamer is confined or restricted by circumstances outside of their control. The restriction itself can be of any denomination, it's the feeling of not being able to move in any direction. When tunnels get narrower you can be sure that you are taking a path that leads in the wrong direction, the dreamer will have to think about why this is and what this means for their life now. Making changes to your lifestyle or to relationships that are too restricting might help. It might be work, addiction, anything that you know is taking over and restricting your choices.
I hear many people say they know they are restricted or prevented from making progress in some section of their life and don't need their dreams to remind them of the fact, so why do they? Why do dreams sometimes state the obvious and at other times give us cryptic, almost unsolvable clues as to what's going on in our life?
Dreams often provide insight into aspects of our earthly situations that we have not considered and the reason we experience recurring dreams of restriction can be simply to remind us that the restrictions we experience at the present time are still prevalent and you are unlikely to be able to change those circumstances unless you stop repeating your own behaviour. Your ability to move forward is dependent on different choices. If you want to escape from a situation you will have to make difficult choices. If you can't make those choices, then you must stay in the same restrictive situation.
A common dream of restriction is when you are climbing upwards and obstacles show up or block your way, this type of scenario helps you to understand that now isn't the time to try and move up, maybe in a career choice, that isn't to say things won't change in the future.
Time is a great instigator of change and movement, and sometimes time needs to pass before you can make changes, inevitably circumstances need to change so that you can get over or around an impasse. As frustrating as it is to be reminded that you are currently in a tight spot it is useful when your dream scenario changes because this will nudge you into action when the time is right.
A common dream scenario that is experienced is being stuck or trapped within a small space, or moving into an ever decreasing space, this is self-explanatory but you will need to consider in what section of your life the dream is actually referring, you can use other symbols to help you decide, for example being in a car that is trapped or prevented from moving forward will link with your inability to move forward on the journey that you had planned, to confuse you even more this journey could be an actual travelling journey or something like a spiritual journey of enlightenment. It could also symbolize the journey of progression or the journey from immaturity too adulthood. You yourself should know in which area you are trying to make progress. The car is a symbol of the ability to make quick and easy progress but only if the energy is available, (petrol) the energy is your own available energy and you may or may not have that now.
Being stuck in a house or any type of structure will link with how your life is structured and represent the support you have in place to help you make progress. When you are confined or trapped in a crumbling house it is because you feel that everything is falling apart around you and you are unable to do anything about it. This could possibly link to your home life or to your personal relationships.
Narrowing hallways, paths and roads help you to understand that the path you have currently chosen is not the right one, it will become harder and harder for you to get anywhere until eventually you will have to give up retrace your steps and begin again in another direction. This could link with any section of your life. Deciding in which area your life the dream is referring to is best done by the dreamer, my advice is to say that dreams mostly refer to what is on your mind for a large proportion of the time.
Claustrophobia can also be used as a 'face your fears' dream with the intention of pushing you into dealing with something that you would rather just avoid, this may of course be a literal fear of confined spaces or symbolize a fear of problems mounting and overwhelming the dreamer. Being confined, restricted or unable to escape can also symbolize the dreamer’s inability to escape from circumstances out of their control.
This brings me back to the beginning because although you feel that you are well aware of your own inability to change the restrictions you face your dreams can provide you with an alternative route or with a tiny glimpse of a possible escape, you must then start to move forward with the knowledge that you have received a sign that however small the opportunity is, there is a way out or a chance to move forward.