Vacuum Up!


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
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About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.
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