Defining Reality: Part Two


photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

It was a cold Sunday January morning in southern Indiana, the previous evening a cold front had blown through and deposited a few inches of snow on the stark winter landscape .The day began under a  bright winter sun, with the temperature hovering near zero.

My three teenage daughters and I were preparing to leave for Sunday school, when suddenly this ear piercing noise resonated from the field across from our rural home.

My oldest daughter and I curiously peered out the large bay window overlooking a pasture across the road.

What we saw was almost unbelievable. We saw a large black panther just waking up from his sleep, stretching and growling, ready to start it’s day. After doing it’s morning yoga, he looked around and  hastened into the adjoining forest, never to be seen again.

We stood in awe, what was this big cat, larger than anything we had ever seen before doing here in the frozen northland of Indiana?

My two younger daughters didn’t see  the panther, they were in the back of the house getting dressed for church.

Aside from the physical abnormalities, what did it represent on a spiritual level and was there a message being conveyed to us through the symbolism?

It was unheard of to see a panther in Indiana, and the weather certainly wasn’t conducive to what a panther would gravitate to in real life. It was black, what did the color black represent, and what does a panther represent in the spiritual world?

At the time, none of this entered my mind, we were just overwhelmed about what we had seen and that was enough of a jolt last us for some time.

It would take several years before the full meaning of that vision would be understood and the message spirit was trying to convey.

Many times these revelations come during times of emotional stress or extreme weather changes, the cold front and snow certainly created an extreme weather change.

The black panther can symbolize many things that warn us of coming events that could be construed as negative. In this case it was a reminder of a marriage that was on the rocks and the resulting disappointment in love.

The marriage had been on the rocks for several years, and we were divorced a short time after that.

In retrospect, the whole scenario was a message from beyond reminding us of our current life situation.

I never interpreted it at the time,but over time, because of it, I learned to interpret such messages from other realities and be forewarned or informed of current or future coming events.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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