“The universe is made up of successive gradations of good, these gradations ascending from matter, (which is the least degree of good) to spirit (which is the greatest) degree of good). In man, his superior nature is the summum bonum. It therefore follows that his highest nature most readily recognizes good because the good external to him in the world is in harmonic ratio with the good present in hos soul. What man terms evil is therefore, in common with matter, merely the least degree of its own opposite. The least degree of good presupposes likewise the least degree of harmony and beauty. Thus deformity (evil) is really the least harmonious combination of elements naturally harmonic as individual units.” ~Manly P. Hall
What Mr. Hall calls “gradations” of the universe, most of us refer to as dimensions. While I have known for some time that the dimensions increased in the level of spirit as they get higher, I never thought of equating that with levels of goodness. It does make sense to do so, however.
One thing that Hall didn’t get quite right is that the lowest dimension is one of pure matter. There is a dimension lower that matter and that is the Great Void. Nothing at all can exist there. Yet is does serve a purpose. When descending life forms reach the end of their cycles of rebirth, they fall toward this lowest dimension. But since nothing can exist their, they bounce off and up to the eighth dimension to start the journey again.
The lowest dimension with something in it is the one of pure matter. That is the one called Hell, and is just one level below us. The third dimension that we are in is the lowest one with enough spirit left to turn around and head back up to higher dimensions. Each successive dimension has more spirit and less matter. Each dimension higher is also a higher level of consciousness. The goal is to reach the highest level and reunite with God.
Our highest nature is indeed spiritual. That is also the part of us which is, therefore, the most good. Logically then, the least good among us are the ones who totally embrace the land of matter and become materialists.
So if good is spirit and spirit is the most good, the smartest thing we can do is to develop our spiritual self and start the long journey up to higher dimensions. This is not something that just happens by accident. Nor does it happen simply because you die on the physical level. You can’t fall asleep in New York and wake up in London just because you wish for it. You have to make an effort to travel across the ocean by plane or ship. And good luck finding someone to give you a free ride.
Our highest nature has been shoved to the background by our many centuries trapped in the realm of matter. We therefore need to work hard to pull it forward and truly activate it. Just declaring yourself awakened, as so many love to do on social media, doesn’t make it true. Wishing for it isn’t good. Wanting something you haven’t worked for is a form of greed. Greed is never good. So start working to reach a real awakening, to reach the higher dimensions, to reach the good.