Video Interview on the Mother Goddess in Spirituality

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In this latest episode from Total View I chat with host Jenny Haase about the importance of the universal Mother Goddess, her role in ancient religions and myths throughout history, and how she was effectively censored from orthodox Christianity. We also discuss how this censorship has now come to light through a number of recently discovered ancient Christian texts, and what impact this restoration of the mother goddess could have on our own spiritual journey, and society throughout the world.

A very important subject! I hope you enjoy.

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About Angela Pritchard

Angela Pritchard is an author and researcher into the universal nature of spirituality and consciousness. She is the co-author of two books on ancient sacred mysteries. Her primary focus is on experiencing spirituality firsthand, including through OBEs, and she has been dedicated to this for the past 10 years. She aims to uncover the hidden roots of what’s really driving the agenda in society and the world in relation to the war on consciousness and awakening, and writes alongside her husband on the website Belsebuub.com.

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  1. Great video, very important topic.

    I think that this subtle ‘discrimination’ in society against women can run very deep within individual women. In myself I’ve seen how being discriminated (or feeling discriminated) can bring up deep rooted emotions that can become part of our ‘personality’ or part our psyche. And such fears can be really debilitating.

    Although definitely not perfect yet, I think it’s great women’s rights and equality have become a lot better. I can just imagine a few hundred years ago (or perhaps still in some places) children being taken from their mother by men for whatever reason, and the mother wouldn’t have a say in the matter because there was this dominant ideology that woman are inferior to men thus they couldn’t do anything against it.

    Like mentioned in the video, it is a great disadvantage for everyone when sacred teachings are distorted. On who’s authority was this decided on? based on what experience?

    I hope people can rediscover this connection with their Mother Goddess that is so beneficial.

  2. An only too true expose of the Big Lie that infests Abrahamic-based religions! From my own point of view, I’ve been expounding the same cosmic ‘Duality-within- Singularity’ principle ever since I was spontaneously and mystically-initiated in 1980; and tasked to disseminate it, with even more spiritual truth, without getting persecuted in the process like Jesus before me. I’ll not expand on this here, as a view of my website and latest Facebook page, The Vigil Trust, reveals full details. What I will do however is share your very erudite interview on my own sites, as it supplements everything my own mystically-inspired mission represents.

    Brian, Cosmos Coconut Club.

  3. Well spoken Angela. This does seem to be very big issue with a long history behind it, which has had many ramifications.

    There is another example at the end of the Gospel of Mary, where Peter and Andrew have a go at Mary after she shared a spiritual experience with the other disciples. But at least in that example one of the other disciples, Levi, then chastised Peter for being “hot tempered” and “contending against the woman like the adversaries”.

    Sabah and I had a recent experience where we saw a rather stark example of religion restricting the freedom of women, but not men. We were on holiday staying near a tropical beach, and there were other people there from different parts of the world. Like other people we went swimming and enjoyed the calm tropical waters. But there were also a few couples staying there where the woman was always completely veiled in black, with her face covered with just a slit open for her eyes. In each case we saw her walk along the beach completely covered in black in the hot sun, but she could not, or would not, go swimming, Meanwhile the man she was with was free to swim in normal swimwear just like everyone else, with no restrictions.

    It just seamed so unfair and oppressive. Fair enough people have the freedom of religion, but who created these rules, and why such different and unequal treatment between men and woman?

    People of the same faith from other parts of the world were not that strict, so it provided an example of how far things can go when a particular society is completely male dominated, and also showed that where women were relatively more empowered, the religion was pursued in a more moderate, balanced way.

    That’s just one example, but it seems that across many different societies throughout time, men have used religion — religions of all kinds — to subjugate woman or somehow treat them as less. Such a shame. I wasn’t interested in joining a religion when I was growing up either, becasue they seemed so out of touch, with the unfavorable treatment of woman being one obvious example of that.

  4. Layla, I was an alter girl. I remember this mother telling me how her daughter looked up to me because she wanted to be an alter girl too, and so it was good to see another girl in that position. That was really the only time I realized it wasn’t the norm.

    I really liked being a part of the service, especially being the cross bearer. Even though it was so heavy, I would try to carry it properly the whole way to the alter, and so I think it instilled something in me that was beneficial at that time.

    I am glad they didn’t limit it to boys. I understand what you mean and think it is definitely a different experience to be directly involved with the service. It would be great if any person who wanted to could participate in those ways.

  5. It is sad that there are still countries where women are treated as inferior. And the fact that this is backed up by religions is even more sad.

    Excellent and very well researched video, thanks.

  6. Breath of fresh air, intelligent, important, and well spoken. Kudos and appreciation.

  7. Great video very informative it really made a lot of sense, it’s a real pity that those in power manipulate the true teachings like these , thanks

  8. I really enjoyed listening to this discussion! I can relate to a lot of the points you raised, Angela & Jenny.

    I’ve never had strong feelings of feminism in any way. Instead I always wondered why there was this struggle between the sexes (both in life and in religion). When reading the Old Testament in school I was always struck by how women were bartered around like animals, or portrayed as witches, thieves, prostitutes… What is stranger is that there are so many laws and rules mentioned with regards to *dealing with* women — pretty much all of which were related to lust and sexuality. There are laws regarding marriage, rape, laws regarding how a woman should appear in society, laws to determine if a woman is unclean and for how long, and even laws regarding appropriate punishment if a woman touches the private parts of a male during an argument! When studying this in school (besides the obvious immature embarrassment about having to discuss such subjects in a classroom full of prepubescent kids) I just thought it was odd that people wanted to be a part of a religion like that. It all seemed awfully unpleasant, if not vulgar. It seemed to me that the texts were really obsessing on these points (not unlike the later obsessive sexualized tortures during the inquisition and the witch hunts), rather than on more important matters, like spiritual development or how to connect with God. When reflecting on all of this now, it is quite obvious that if a religion centers itself upon a misunderstanding of sexuality (for instance, enforced celibacy, that sexual relations are a taboo, or the idea that procreating endlessly is a must, etc.), then of course there will be this distortion of sexuality, and hence inequality, oppression, and the need for so many rules and laws to attempt to physically subdue what a person struggles to control within.

    • You bring up some good points Jenny

      I remember asking questions in the religion I grew up with and it was improper for a female to ask or question religion, it was as though questioning the status quo made me evil or deviant, and that feeling stayed with me for a long time. I remember boys being able to be part of church activities as alter boys, and partook in the christian events within the church, but women couldn’t, they were either administrators at the door or allowed to be part of the choir. Always in these background roles, but never in roles that allowed them to partake and experience it directly themselves. Somehow I rebelled against it, not because I wanted to cause problems, but in my own heart I felt a warm connection to divinity, I felt things that were taking place were wrong and that I was being denied opportunities to partake and express spirituality in a physical way. I recall my brother being part of things and he spoke of the reverence and uplifting experiences he gained from it, which sounded amazing but I couldn’t relate to it.

      I hope no one takes this as being about feminism or equal rights, because that would be missing the point. I don’t feel its a belief or idea that is being highlighted but an actual principle of life and creation, and that’s the distinction here for me about this important topic. It has had huge repercussions for us as a humanity, and as individual in the societies we all live in, both for men and women. It seems to me the obscurity of such a vital truth has led to the obscurity of so many more.

      I wonder too how such maxims such as “As above, so below’ were mis-used by those in power to create laws in society by establishing them first in religions?

  9. This is such a refreshing video and is so needed as there is truly a great unbalance in this world toward gender equality in Spirituality and this video goes at the core of it. There has been an obvious cover-up of the role of women in Spirituality by the Orthodox Christianity, and if it was not for the many texts recently uncovered & translated and video like this, it may as well keep on being censored.

    Thanks Angela & Jenny for bringing about this important issue.

    I hope you don’t get too many ‘hate-mail’ for bringing out such important truths…

  10. I still don’t think women should be allowed to drive cars though …. just kidding ;-)

    Thanks for the videos it’s always refreshing to see a live person, versus text. A couple of very interesting documentaries on similar topic and your previous post are:

    Osiris Myth: http://youtu.be/LSKzpOj-VVU

    The Pyramid Code: http://youtu.be/ugWCRliG4Rg

    • Thank you Shane for sharing those, especially for the Osiris one that I haven’t seen yet in that form (I think I have seen just some parts of it elsewhere). What struck me there was how he mentioned that Giordano Bruno was Hermetic, which puts his burning in a bit different light for me, reminding me of Joan of Arc.

      Also it is interesting how the original Egyptian symbols were hijacked so many times in history. To me, it is especially concerning how these sacred and beautiful symbols have been stolen by dark forces that use their power for their own evil agendas, like for example the all-seeing eye as a symbol of the Illuminati today. Then people get negative towards the esotericism as w whole, because all they can connect it to is depravity.

    • LOL Shane! But, that’s what Volkswagens are for ;) http://viralwtf.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/sexist-volkswagen-ad.jpg

      Thanks for the Osiris Myth link. I haven’t seen that one either.

      • Very funny ad Jenny. A classic moment in time, that has really gone.

        Thanks for the links Shane :)

      • That’s a great add Jenny. They were the days before plastic cars, so I agree an early Volkswagen like that was probably the best tank at the time for protecting men, women, third property etc. :-)
        I just get a bit nervous when I witness the multi-tasking at the wheel – makeup in the mirror, talking on the mobile, listening to the radio, eating breakfast, confused about right and left, watching kids in the rear mirror, arguing with husband in passenger seat, arguing with GPS lady and driving a manual car…. All at the same time! Now that is a miracle!! for a man anyway…

        Seriously though, it does seem from historical records that testosterone plays a part in fueling unhealthy political, social and religious living conditions on the planet. However, there has also been instances of the reverse. So it would seem balance is the way to go, but getting balance and maintaining it appears an eternal challenge. Life in the Golden Age had far more balance than we have now in the ‘Kali Yuga’.

        It is interesting how Dan Brown’s ‘The Da Vinci code’ film and book brought this ‘feminine balance’ topic to public awareness en masse, but whenever I have discussed, particularly with women, the film or issues contained therein all have been very excited and loved the movie and its intrigue, but did not seem to consider any of the subject matter potentially ‘real’ or worth further investigation. They were more than happy to watch the movie again or read the book, but had no deeper curiosity to research history, spirituality or consciousness. I found this puzzling at first, but then realized if there is no deeper concern with life generally, then for most it really was just a movie and fictional drama for short term titillation and forgetfulness.

        At least with more recent archeological discoveries (and with thanks to individuals who have overcome authorities who continue to suppress and inhibit archeological findings and their truths) history has another chance at being discovered for what it is, rather than how controlling dictators want to write it in their propaganda. The only reason the pyramids of Egypt and other places still stand is the psychopaths haven’t been able to blow them up. I suppose its just a matter of time before they drop (more) nuclear bombs on history.

    • Just watched the Osiris Myth video – very cool with lots of interesting info and footage. Thanks for sharing that Shane. Have already seen The Pyramid Code and highly recommend that one too.

    • Shane, thanks for the Osiris Myth link. Finally watched it the other day, and it’s a really good documentary! Probably one of the best on the subject (though The Pyramid Code was even more amazing).

      I’ve read a lot about how the archaeology scene at the pyramids is pretty corrupt, and that a lot is withheld from the public (in terms of significant finds), and instead there’s this constant focus on “how did they manage to build the pyramids with simple tools?” as a distraction… Even one of the people briefly featured in this documentary is said to be at the forefront of this cover-up (he pops up in nearly every ancient Egypt documentary and has a monopoly over access to the pyramids for research). Interestingly enough, I thought he added a rather disharmonious atmosphere in this documentary in particular…

      It’s just interesting because if you take the time to contemplate the pyramids (or other such ancient structures), you just know that there’s something very incredible behind it, and then it gets drowned out by mundane answers, like “oh, they build it with sticks and stones and slaves” and “they were burial tombs” and you are encouraged to move on, rather than continue exploring to get to the real meaning and purpose behind these structures. I think they have a lot to offer people on their search for the spiritual in life, and documentaries like these help to begin scratching the surface of how these amazing structures are relevant and significant to the individual (even 2000 or 10,000 years later)…

      • Haven’t watched the Osiris Myth yet, but the Pyramid Code was definitely an awesome doco! I really liked how they dispelled the whole idea of dragging huge blocks to build the pyramids when they talked about how the great Pyramids are part of a complex of 22 spread down the Nile, and how one of them is up a mountain!

      • Talking about Pyramid documentaries, probably the best one on this topic I have ever seen (maybe even better than Pyramid Code) is called El Ojo de Horus (The Eye of Horus). Unfortunately and unbelievably, it has not been translated into English, even though I watched it translated into Czech (Okem Boha Hora). It has some really interesting episodes, like for example about the Divine Feminine, about the school of mysteries in Ancient Egypt, or about building of the Pyramids. They are all available on Youtube, but only in Spanish and Czech.

        The thing I found really interesting when watching it for the first time was the way they described in a very detailed way how Egyptians built their pyramids using advanced technologies combined with spiritual. They explain it on the Pyramid in Saqqara, which was built in 3 phases, starting with the underground spaces and tunnels, then building a small pyramid that would supply the energy for building the rest, using electro-magnetic trajectories to transport the heavy blocks through levitation between the same-polarity fields. Similar levitation principle, they say, is used today by high-speed Japanese trains (that float thanks to the similarly charged poles). They also used the spiritual powers of high priests, who could turn the stream of ions that were used for the transport…

        If you are interested in this particular part, you can watch it starting at 36:40 at the link below, as it has some really good schemes and pictures, which could possibly be understandable even without understanding the language.

        Spanish version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5kiQaO5y30
        Czech version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kiWCAXnBQo

  11. Looking at those images of the all-male trinity during the interview, they really do seem quite unnatural and out of place!

    I have spent time practising spirituality in a largely male group in the past, and the group was obviously desperately missing more of a feminine presence to balance it out. Watching the interview made me wonder if part of the reason for this is the deeply ingrained views in society about the role of women both in spirituality and in life. So much of our culture is based on Christianity, sometimes subtly, sometimes in more obvious ways, so such a shift in thinking away from the importance of the feminine in spirituality in the early church, along with the way that women have been stigmatised in the bible with Mary Magdalene being portrayed as a prostitute etc. must have had an influence, even if it’s only at a subconscious level.

    But there’s no male without the female and vice versa! Thanks for speaking out against the oppression of women in life and spirituality Angela!

    • Angela Pritchard says:

      Hi David,

      Yes, I had never realized just how much the attitudes towards women in Western culture had been influenced by orthodox Christianity until I started researching, and yet I had always sensed something was wrong. One thing that had always stood out growing up was how the whole of the English language was based on the masculine, so that male words were meant to refer to both men and women, but I always felt very isolated by them.

      It wasn’t until very recently I was reading a translation of the Tao Te Ching, in which it would sometimes use male pronouns, but at other times equally female ones, that I realized it didn’t have to be that way. For example:

      “The sage knows herself,
      but doesn’t dwell on herself;
      Loves herself, but no more than
      she loves everyone else.
      She adopts the concerns of heaven
      as her own.”

      It is thought that possibly a number of sages wrote the Tao Te Ching, and that some of them were women.

      Usually, as a woman, I find myself constantly doing a little adjustment in my mind, which has become automatic, when reading texts that use the male pronouns like “man”, “he”, “mankind”, to refer to both sexes. But in this instance I didn’t have to and it was like a shock, like all of a sudden someone was actually talking to “me”.

      I personally think language needs restructuring so as not to isolate either sex. But there are so many things on this world we have got wrong and not understood, and here I believe is yet another.

      • That’s something that really struck me about the Tao Te Ching, how its not just written in the ‘normal’ masculine way. At first I thought it might have been a mistake, because that’s how much the masculine way has been indoctrinated in us, but as I read, I realised that its an authentic spiritual text, and being so it conveys the spiritual information to our consciousness, without bias or prejudice. I felt uplifted by it actually, somehow seeing it in writing gave it a different dimension and reality for me.

      • Being male I’ve never really taken into account the way that language was exclusive of women in that way. I do remember reading some texts though where the author/s referred to ‘her’ and ‘she’ and I felt like it was a shock to my system too, like it was something out of place but I didn’t know why.

        I feel like I am generally pretty open minded and liberal in regards to gender equality, and yet it seems like I’ve been influenced to subtly feel otherwise? It really concerns me that the values we hold may not necessarily come from ourselves, but might have been worn into us over time without realising, kind of like the sleep programming from 1984. Makes me really want to be more and more aware of what’s going on inside of me and in the world so I can root that sort of stuff out!

        I came across this video recently that shows just how much our environment influences our thoughts and decisions. I personally am not a fan of Derren Brown, as he seems to discount all supernatural or non-scientific phenomenon but it is eye opening – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f29kF1vZ62o

  12. Excellent Video.

    I cannot say how grateful I am to finally here you Angela talk about this most vital topic: the Mother Goddess!

    Its unfathomable for many people to see what those in control and power have done to spirituality. To make it so unnatural and so devoid of natural principles of life and creation, that we have been made to believe that creation is the result of only an all male aspect of spirituality. Completely in contrast to what we know about creation in our own daily life of human reproduction.

    Considering what you and Belsebuub have uncovered about ancient cultures who were immersed in nature and used the principles of life and creation to develop a higher level of consciousness, this leaves our technologically advanced humanity not only poor in spirit but in danger of moving towards an inability to acquire higher consciousness, and be free of the darkness that is proliferating every aspect of our lives.

    The industrial revolution pulled a lot of people out from the natural surroundings into cities and when we move away from nature we lose our sight of what is natural. So in making our choices of the past and in the present it has come at a price. Our Technological progress has come at the cost of our Spiritual progress and we are now reaping what has been sowed for a very long time. Losing human rights after human rights, until we have no rights left to lose, because the illusion of freedom that technological progress espouses.

    The Divine Mother / Mother Goddess for me is the most powerful aspect of working towards inner change and higher consciousness … towards The Father. I just hope many people will embrace their own Divine Mother Goddess and experience her profound role and abilities in helping them to achieve higher consciousness.

    Like you said, As Above So Below

  13. Thanks for the video on this subject. It’s such an important topic because it’s not widely discussed or known about today.

    I feel like the way the female aspect of the godhead was removed from Christianity is such a shame. It’s these types of distortions that eventually happen in major religions as time goes on, that push people away from them. There could be a lot of people that sense something is wrong or missing when a teaching has been altered in such a fundamental way.

    I also grew up with a Christian background, and can remember really trying to listen and understand what was being explained to me at church, but having an overall uneasiness with the way certain explanations didn’t ‘match up’ or ‘click’ with everyday life.

    For instance, the point you made about creation in the physical world requiring both male and female, not just with the creation of new human beings but with all kinds of living creatures, is a very obvious fact. Yet in church, there is this whole other story that’s at odds with what you see in your daily life—a creation story where life is brought forth only through the divine masculine.

    In many ways, it’s a relief to find out the explanation for this distortion, and to understand that if you follow the teaching back far enough in Christianity, you can reach the original texts and references that point to the dual male-female forces at work in creation. I think this is especially important in understanding that both sexes have equal opportunities for spiritual development, rather than one sex being more dominant or more important than the other.

    • Angela Pritchard says:

      Yes, orthodox Christianity is way out of line. Here’s another quote from the Gospel of Phillip, there are so many:

      “Adam came into being from two virgins, from the Spirit and from the virgin earth.”

      The Spirit is the masculine, and the virgin earth is the feminine.

  14. Very refreshing to listen to this interview, thanks for sharing.

  15. A lot of epic history behind this, and a very important topic that needs to get out there.

    • Angela Pritchard says:

      Yes, very epic, right from the beginning. The women disciples had a secret and difficult struggle not well known about. Not only Paul, but Peter was very opposed to them. From the Pistis Sophia:

      “It came to pass then, when the First Mystery had finished speaking these words unto the disciples, that Mary [Magdalene] came forward and said: “My Lord, my mind is ever understanding, at every time to come forward and set forth the solution of the words which she [Pistis Sophia] hath uttered; but I am afraid of Peter, because he threatened me and hateth our sex.”
      And when she had said this, the First Mystery said unto her: “Every one who shall be filled with the spirit of light to come forward and set forth the solution of what I say,–no one shall be able to prevent him. Now, therefore, O Mary, set forth then the solution of the words which Pistis Sophia hath uttered.”

      If you actually read these texts, which so few people in the world do, it becomes very clear what has happened, and what is going on. The knowledge of cosmic principles is there in these texts, but the world has almost totally rejected them.

      • The censorship you speak of that has gone on is really ridiculous.

        If Peter, who, since he was a disciple of Jesus was obviously working upon himself to some degree, held these views, then it would be all the worse with those who have no spiritual work or understanding within them. It’s therefore not hard to imagine how the censorship happened.

        Although, I also feel that given the chance, an all-female group of fanatical religious bishops would probably censor out any and all forms of male divinity or authority.

        Either way, it’s to our own demise, as both seriously lose out in the end when equality is not respected properly and this sort of thing happens.

  16. Wonderful video. Thank you Jenny and Angela for this inspiring perspective.

    When I was a child, growing up in a Christian (specifically Catholic) environment I always had this sense that the “adults” really didn’t understand what they were teaching to me as truth about life, the universe and the cosmos. Quite often the answers I was given to the questions or feelings I had about interpretations about spirituality always seemed off or unsatisfying. Like, was this really it?

    I remember feeling that sense of a man’s world within that religion at this young age and feeling it wasn’t quite right. I often passed by this picture of Jesus surrounded by children in the hall of my catholic school, both boys and girls, and feeling this special and secret understanding with it, like I knew that the adults were wrong, and that spirituality must be for everyone, even children and even girls.

    I remember as an older child, around 12 or 13, even mentioning my confusion to a priest during one of the masses where we had to get up and privately confess our sins, surrounded by this large crowd, I said to him that when I really look into the spirituality that is presented to me in this way and what I see in the world around me, how people are not really living the teachings that they preach, it seems more sensible to believe in a Satan rather than a God. He laughed at me in this awful condescending way and I left crying and still with no answers. It was very confusing and instead of feeling inspired to investigate spirituality, I felt hopeless because even the so called ambassadors between the Divine and humanity had no real answers.

    I feel like the many distortions you mentioned regarding femininity in general and especially regarding religion and spirituality really have this confusing effect for women and young girls growing up in this society. It’s really hard to discover the truth but it’s really inspiring to see how you’re understanding from reading these various ancient texts has inspired this fresh perspective. It seems imperative that this kind of spiritual freedom be released to all of humanity to pursue and experience.

    Thank you for this video! I am with Olga – 5 stars :)

  17. This was a really interesting video.

    It is quite a scandal that the feminine part of the godhead/source of creation has been so repressed in Western culture. Even more ridiculous for Christians to censor the words of their own teacher!

    Its not something I ever really questioned or thought about growing up or though I did start to question other things within the Christian doctrine. But if the maxim “as above, so below” holds true then how it works down here must be reflected in higher dimensions too.

    Makes sense and looking back it seems a bit funny I never questioned it prior to being interested in mysticism. Goes to show how society can be engineered through schooling and religion and censorship.

    Thanks to Total View for bringing this topic to light on video and to Angela for articulating everything so well.

  18. All I have to say is = : – )

    Such an enlightening discussion, refreshing to hear you talk about this Angela, vs reading the article.

    Really, what was going on in society to keep this away from people, and bring down the role of women? I mean, how on earth is the role of women harmful, and how much better would it have been to integrate a society that has people of both genders working harmoniously.

    I also think its beautiful to see and reflect upon the feminine role in spirituality, and how the nurturing and warrior aspects can be found within and aid us in our spiritual growth. I have spoken to many women and men in the past who have shared uplifting relationships with the role of the divine mother and how she aids us in the distruction of egos. Being able to connect with a motherly figure of spirituality inside of us that nurtures, carresses and supports us in our struggles is indispensible and I think would help lots of people if it would go mainstream.

    Both spiritual forces, male and female are important. As much as I connect with the mother, the divine Father aspect is also an equally inspiring and significant support in my spiritual life, but I find it so complete to recognise both these forces that exist in balance and harmony in the universe, in creation and in various religious texts.

    Thank you Angela & Jenny
    5 stars!

    • Thanks for this video, Angela and Jenny. It is great to hear this perspective and to see the importance of it highlighted so well. I also really appreciate the depth you went into with the article, Angela.

      Knowing what I do about the potential of the spiritual work, I feel it is so important for any individual to have the opportunity to practice it or their religion of choice. It is tragic that some have prevented women from having access to it and others have created these distorted and negative impressions of women, in the name of religion.

      The image of the trinity of three men made me laugh :) The point you made regarding looking at the laws of nature and how they operate at a smaller level to understand things of a higher nature sounds like a good way to keep things grounded.

      Thanks again for bringing this to light; I think you keyed in on several really important issues.