I had to look up Egregores to understand that it relates to the idea of the Grigori. Very interesting topic. As with everyone else, I deeply appreciate your thoughtfulness in taking the time to respond to my questions. I feel I have learned from writing this article and from the amazing feedback I have received. I have always wondered how atheist reconcile the mysteries of the world without a framework of faith, but although I believe in God, I think we see them in much the same light. Whether you have faith or not, they are still wondrous mysteries and exciting things yet to explore.
As I have never faced loss without faith, I still have a difficult time understanding how difficult that would be. I understand your point about for you it would be false comfort. That is the difference between having faith and not having faith. For me, it is not a false comfort and therefore, my bedrock. Still, pain and grief are universal and there is no right or wrong way to deal with it.
I genuinely believe that if people talked more openly, whether it is politics, religion, or any other “hot button” topic, they would find we really have more in common than we think. We are so focused on being right instead of learning from each other. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your answers to my questions. Now, I am off to read more about Egregores.