Length Long

The length of something in a dream usually signifies its duration or perhaps its importance. The size symbolises its impact upon you. If something is very long, it might also link with boredom or loss of interest.

Dreams often take a long time to really become a recognisable part of your life. They are like   a seed, it is something that comes from a deep part of you; it is something that is working upwards toward being conscious. As such it often, like a seed, takes time to break through to the surface, and then it has to grow. See How it Flows

Some experiences stretch time until it seems there is no end to it. Like an endless journey we cannot see where it leads. That often happens when we confront a childhood experience where time in the child’s mind doesn’t exist. See Programmed

As can be seen from the examples below, length and long appear in dreams in many ways.

 As can be seen from the examples below, length and long appear in dreams in mnayt ways.

 Example: Dreamt last night that my dog went to the toilet and passed a large piece of three ply wood, like a long sided triangle, about eight inches long. As I looked at it, I thought, “My God, old Tramp really is tough, he has swallowed that, and now he’s passed it through none the worse.”

Example: I see an elephant fixed by harnessed to other elephants. He catches my scent, and with terrible power charges along a narrow riverbank that is at the back of dwelling houses. Two other elephants are dragged helplessly with him, but all, by some miracle, stay on the ledge, though his rush is frightening to watch. I, with two others, enter the front of the pub. It is old and long out of use, rubbish and rubble lying everywhere. Over the rubble, from the rear, the elephants trunk reaches out for me, and we touch with real love, and unafraid.

Example: So smitten are we that we cannot bear to have our children near us long, but must leave them behind, buy them a toy to stifle any attempt they may make to relate with us, shut them in a room or a school or any damn place so long as we don’t have to face them as they are. To take hold of their natural stream of life and twist and kick it until it is so well and truly buggered it hurts itself.

Example: I was in a prison cell with two other men. We ate, slept and defecated in the cell. I was standing at the bars of the cell, and had the impression of having been in the prison for years. I was shouting and cursing the people who had put me in the prison, full of hate and self pity. Suddenly I realised that my years of shouting had availed nothing. The only person who was upset by it was myself. I was the victim of my own anger and turmoil. I dropped the attitudes and was free of them. Years went by and one by one I dropped other habits of emotion and thought with which I had trapped and tortured myself. I realised I could be totally free within myself. One morning I woke and sat up on the mattress on the floor that was my bed. The last ghost of inner entrapment fell away. A fountain of joy opened in my body, pouring upwards through me. So intense was it I cried out. The cell mates called a warden. They stood looking at me as I experienced a radiance so strong I felt as if I must be shining. I was aware my joy poured into them, although they thought I was mad. Nothing would ever be the same again. Andy.


Useful Questions and Hints:

Was it a long way I travelled or could I see a long way – what was my dream showing me?

Was it time that was stretched or was it your vision of things?

Do I feel as if I am alone and a long way from others?

See Jesse Watkins EnlightenmentHabitsTechniques for Exploring your Dreams

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