A therapist once told me about a patient who’d had a “vacuum cleaner” dream.
Later, after some thought, I was bothered by two things…
First, sharing his patient’s dream with an outsider was unethical.
Second, I believe he may have gotten the interpretation wrong.
Or rather, he had the wrong perspective on the dream message.
In the dream, the patient’s wife chased him with a vacuum cleaner.
The therapist told the patient that his wife was trying to suck his spirit. Like a vampire.
Only the dreamer can know the meaning of his dream. However, this interpretation must have resonated with the patient. He accepted it as valid.
Maybe the patient did feel his wife was a vampire. But perhaps he felt this way became the wife was after him to clean up his act.
Maybe she needed to stop harassing him—I’m not taking sides. I’m just saying that I think the dream could have a positive message—a positive message along with a negative one.
We need our vacuum cleaners, but we don’t need to be chased by them.
That’s my perspective. However, if the man had told me this dream, I would not have shared these thoughts. It’s his dream. The meaning is his to discover.
The therapist should not have taken the dream away from the dreamer.
On the other hand, no matter how the dreamer interpreted the dream…
…I think the therapist would’ve been right to tell him to stop running from his nemesis, to turn around, and face the situation…
If not in the dream, then in waking life.
© 2011, Michael R. Patton