In one eight-hour sleep, you have about five dreams, whether or not you remember them all. The good news is that all the dreams you have in one night usually address the same issue, so if you start with the one that seems easiest to interpret, you can identify the theme, and then see if it applies to the others.
For example, you might be struggling financially and, after a particularly difficult day, your dreaming mind sets out to process your issues about money.
The first dream of the night might look at this from an emotional point of view, perhaps showing you ‘up to your neck’ in water, almost drowning in tears.
The second dream might look at this from an historic perspective, reminding you of past events and experiences that have shaped your approach to finances.
The third dream might look at how you’re coping from a practical point of view, perhaps showing you propping yourself up (with loans or distractions) whenever the ground feels unstable.
The fourth dream might get creative, looking for possible solutions to your present crisis, and so on.
As you can see, any one dream on a night gives you excellent insight into any issue, but you can magnify this insight if you explore the other dreams of the same night. If you only ever remember one dream, don’t worry. You’re not missing out. That one dream provides insight, and there will be other dreams on other nights. It’s a good idea to watch a run of dreams over a period of days, or even weeks, before making a big decision, to allow the opportunity to gather a range and depth of insights.
Do you enjoy doing crosswords? If so, you’ll probably have noticed that the best approach is to flick through all the clues looking for one you can answer quickly. When you’ve entered all the answers that jumped out at you, it’s easier to solve the harder clues because you now know some of the letters. It’s the same with looking at a night’s worth of dreams. Start by identifying the theme of the easiest one, then look for clues on the same theme in the other dreams. The more clues you solve, the easier it gets.
[Extract from 101 Dream Interpretation Tips - in paperback & ebook - Jane Teresa Anderson]