In a Meeting All Night, In Meetings All Day: What Do Dull Dreams Mean?

Oklahoma City is a test (Image from a dream).

Sometimes your subconscious practically hits you over the head when it’s trying to communicate. When that happens, dream interpretation can’t get any easier.

A dream that’s boring or dull is a little more subtle.

If you consult a dream dictionary, you’re actually begging to misunderstand yourself.

In the dream, I was sitting around a table with other people present. We were waiting for a meeting to begin. 

There was no conversation, nothing unusual for a regular business meeting. 

It was reflective of the fact that later the next day, I had a meeting to go to.

You couldn’t call it a precognitive dream. The meeting was practically guaranteed to happen. 

A while back, I had another dream with similar content. An advisor was giving a class. The “class” had a simple message: “OKC = test.” The dry erase board had that equation. He held up a card with those words on it. The speech he gave belabored this point. 

“Oklahoma City is going to be a test. That’s what it is, a test. Understand? It’s a test of you, for you,” the advisor said. Everything he said belabored his point. 

I sat there, listening to him aptly as he emphasized his point. 

I was going to Oklahoma City to interview for a desirable job later that week. There is no big mystery that job interviews are a test of sorts. That was another easy-to-interpret dream.

Look, I get it. That meeting in Oklahoma City was going to have a significant impact on my life, either one way or another. My subconscious wasn’t providing me with any spectacular insight.  

If that was the only kind of insight I ever got from dream journaling, why should I even bother?  

Who wants to sit around in a meeting in their dreams and then do the same thing in real life?  

Who wants to listen as an imaginary someone belabors a point over and over again?

Who wants to remember dreaming about being in a meeting or a dream character belaboring a point? 

A dream like that is D-U-L-L.

Other people have dreams where they’re going on a walk around their neighborhood or washing a pan. My wife recounted a dream where she cleaned the whole kitchen. When she awoke, she was disappointed to find the work undone. 

These kinds of dreams are boring to recount, boring to admit to, absolutely mundane. When you have them, you can wonder why am I bothering to do this

I must be a boring person to have such a dull dream. 

Don’t say or think that. Don’t make this about yourself or your worth. These kinds of dreams are important too in their way.

What Do Boring Dreams Mean? 

They’re often a placeholder. They can tell you where you are in your life. They’re telling you what’s important, what you’re looking forward to. They’re important in conjunction with everything that’s going on in your life at the time you have them.

Sometimes, the purpose seems to be to remind you of what should be self-evident.

To analyze and understand them, use the same process you’d use for any dream. Maybe the dream means more than it seems on the surface. Use the Dream Recovery System to probe for details. There can be important details in these dreams. For example, “OKC = test” appeared in several different ways in the dream I had that belabored the point. 

Don’t feel bad about having these dreams. In a way, it’s reflective of the fact you’re waiting for something to happen in your life. You’re in an in-between time. It is what it is, nothing more, nothing less.  

You don’t need to discuss these dreams with anyone unless it’s to talk about how you’re looking forward to one thing or another. Eventually, something will happen in your life giving your subconscious more exciting material to work with.

For further reading: 

Your subconscious often talks in archetypes

How to make sense of deja vu in 3 steps

What do episodic dreams mean?

What does your car being stolen in a dream mean?


James Cobb, RN, MSN, is an emergency department nurse and the founder of the Dream Recovery System. His goal is to provide his readers with simple, actionable ways to improve their health and maximize their quality of life. 

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