It's been a while but I've read some of Hegel's lectures and they're almost unintelligible. His more formal writings, especially his earlier work, tends to be somewhat easier to understand. The thing about Hegel's work that stands out most, at least form me, is his concept of Reason (capital "R"). According to his metaphysical model Reason is a thing and not just an action. Not only that but Reason is the thing that shapes reality. (Similar to Gnomon's enformationalism theory).
In the context of Deism this is important because it elevates the status of Reason from the sacred to the divine. Reason is similar to "the way" in Taoism or consciousness is Panpsychism. It's literally Spirit is action.
P.S. I happen to like Proto-panpsychism myself. I think it has a little less of an Animistic connotation to it.
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