Did you dream last night? I did. In fact, I dreamed two dreams at one time.

You see, I woke up at about 3:30 a.m., slurped down some water and re-snuggled under my cozy blankets then dreamed one dream and overlapped it with another. So, like multitasking I was simply multi-dreaming.

The contents of the two dreams are mostly irrelevant and unrelated, except for the fact that it was one person having both dreams.

That didn’t seem confusing at the time but it does now and led me to do a little dream research — which is when I discovered that there are plenty of dream institutes in the world and there has also been plenty of dream research, all of which seems to be mostly inconclusive, yet interesting.

But what I discovered is that dreams have been recorded for a long time. In fact, the Sumerians in Mesopotamia had a fixation for dreams as far back as 3100 BC and their 7th century BC scholar-king, Assurbanipal, even had his secretary record his dreams on clay tablets.

Not far behind, the Egyptians, who seemed to record everything everywhere, as far back as 2000 BC, wrote down their dreams on papyrus, a thick paper-like material produced from the pith of the papyrus plant.

That’s how we know that the Egyptians thought people who had vivid dreams were blessed and that they thought dreams were messages from the gods. In fact, they even had little sleep “franchises,” where people could doze on special “dream beds” in hopes of receiving advice, comfort and healing from the gods.

Meanwhile, the Mesopotamians thought that a soul left the body of a sleeping person and visited the places they saw in their sleep. The Babylonians and Assyrians divided dreams into good ones sent by the gods and bad ones sent by demons and believed their dreams were omens and prophecies.

You’ve probably had a dream in which you were about to die and woke yourself up just before it happened because you thought you might die if you didn’t?

According to Jeffrey Sumber, who is a big dream psychotherapist and author in Chicago, dreams about death often indicate “the symbolic ending of something, whether that's a phase, a job or a relationship.”

He also said that a dream about death can indicate attempts to resolve anxiety or anger directed toward the self and does not suggest that a person will actually die imminently.

I haven’t thought much about that, but I am wondering what the difference is between a dream and a daydream? Because when I was in grade school I was an expert at daydreaming. Or did I just have a vivid imagination?

Whatever the case, it reminds me of a quote by Edgar Allen Poe who said, “All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

Which begs the question, are you really reading this, or is this just a dream?

Kevin Holten is the president of the North Dakota Cowboy Association and executive producer of "Special Cowboy Moments" on RFD-TV.

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