Is Morality Judgemental? Taking Inspiration from Life without Limiting Ourselves

Submitted by Richard W on Wed, 05/24/2017 - 07:13

J.R.R Tolkien, author of 'The Lord of the Rings' was asked countless times in his life, by members of different religions, philosophers and fans, to comment on the many morals one can take from his books. However, Tolkien always refused to do this, despite his books being so apparently full of life lessons. Tolkien stated that his stories, and the world he created for them, were simply 'full of life', and that he intended no specific morals to be gained by the reader. I absolutely love this perspective. You see, we all can learn from life experiences as well as from reading books, watching movies and listening to music. But are these really morals?

Let's explore the difference between a 'moral' and an 'organic life lesson'.

Why is a 'moral' judgemental?

Going through life, we pick up on different things - things that either confirm our perspective, deny or go against it, or add to/alter it in some way. We all have different ways of perceiving life, and what we resonate with will depend on our own 'frequency', our specific vibration.

So, those who stay open and aware will pick up 'organic life lessons' on a regular basis. This adds to our existing perspectives or alters them in some way (inspiration). For example you may read 'The Lord of the Rings' and and come away with a sense that community and unity are important when overcoming adversity, so you may take this into your daily life and act on it accordingly.

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Where this becomes a 'moral' from my perspective is when this becomes a fixed view point - in essence you have identified with that moral (let it define you) and now you are forcing it into your daily life by never wavering from this perspective. It doesn't matter if you feel to do something alone this time, because you believe that things are always best achieved in co-operation and community. So, you have formed a judgement - a fixed view point on life, which holds you to a fixed way of being, despite the fact that you, in your essence are not so fixed and neither does life work in that way.

Society's fixation with 'morals' and denial of 'life'

The thing that probably all elderly people get asked at some point, and I must admit I've asked this question too, is 'If you could depart one lesson from your life, what would it be?' To me this shows our thirst for morality, a specific life lesson that we can take and hold on to. Religions are saturated with moral codes - specific guidelines for which to lead our lives in a 'good' way. Even non-religious people often have an unwavering code of ethics.

And this is all very well and good, but can you see how limiting this can be? I put it to you that life is not a fixed pattern, following rules and regulations, but a tapestry of interrelating 'truths' ever changing like a jelly fish, organically moving as one yet pliable and not fixed to one particular shape. I put it to you that life has no moral - life simply experiences life.

How can we learn 'organic life lessons without becoming identified with fixed morals?

For this we have to really know who we are deep down, beyond our body, beyond our emotional triggers, even beyond our fixed thought patterns. We have to know that we are unbound potential, albeit manifesting this in our own unique way.A great way to start is by becoming the Observer of all our feelings and thoughts. Then we can recognise and letting go of old patterns that no longer serve us. This leads to a facilitating of ourselves to find our own aligned expression in each and every moment.

What makes books like 'The Lord of the Rings brim with so much life?

We will still find inspiration from books or movies like 'The Lord of the Rings' or, 'The Little Prince' because they are so full of life. They take the reader into the essence of life, not shying away from the darker sides, but also highlighting the majestic beauty of it, the magic that we can all feel running through our veins. They depict the rich tapestry of life in a raw way that touches us deep inside. The important thing is that we feel inspiration, which opens us up to greater potential, rather than clinging to fixed morals or lessons which close us down to the pure potential of the moment. Much love, Richard

Richard is a spiritual facilitator with Openhand. He is a carer, psychologist, spiritual coach and writer. He has worked close to death for 7 years and is passionate about helping people to move on in a conscious way, even though society is geared to fight against death. He offers services in Spiritual Facilitation and Conscious Dying on his website Back to the Source and writes regular articles on his blog.

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Yes Richard, I can see and read that you have a lot of passion for writing and reflective inquiry. Thank you for your kind words, I feel your warm supportive nature and embracing it. To answer your question: Don't know. Don't know "what am I" and that's an interesting place to be - lots of shifting. :) That said, I look forwards to meeting you one day :) x


Thanks for all the responses everyone! I love engaging in this sort of stuff.

Open - Yes, what you say really resonates. Life seems like so much of a balancing act - which helps to make us more and more sensitive to the flow. And that can come across in writing too. It's always an exploration to write in a way that get's the point of view across and yet still takes boundaries into account.

Trinity - Thanks for your perspective! I guess it's a question of your definition of morality. In the article I was using morality to describe a fixed code, which means the difference between feelings what's right for the flow in the moment, and adhering to a more judgemental right and wrong. I agree with what you say, that it's very complex, and that we can all feel what is right for us, including our sense of morality, as individuals. Thank you

Kristian - Thank you for your feedback. Yes, it's a very deep exploration, and you're right about the difficulty to break patterns. Again, that balance comes in between diving into all the pain, and trusting in the divine. It's an area that I can work on too. Love your words!

Steve - Awesome exploration, thank you! Indeed, I also feel that the perspective of what's 'right' is changing all the time, but with inner change and in the wider world.

Aspasia - Thanks so much for the feedback. Writing is really one of my passions so it's good to know that it resonates. I also love the way you express on this forum. You have such depth and compassion, and there is always a understanding on what's going on in the magic of the moment. You ever consider becoming a Facilitator? Just sayin...


Hey Richard,

Very much enjoyed your article and your style of writing. Succinct, reflective, questioning and offering multiple perspectives. Your points on identification, fixation and finding aligned expression are powerful.

Thanks for sharing. x :)


Nice Article Richard, For me i do feel that there is an Inner knowing of My truth and the balancing of Morality. I feel this can also change due to our level of commitment on sheedding layers of the Ego, The more inward i have dared to go, Exploring and Inquiring with the acceptance of Stillness I sense there is a subtle yet definitive feel when i Just know i have that balancing act in proper alignment....only to at times have breakthrough moment and then another turn on this wheel of exploration is taken :)



Hi Kristian,

You said...

    "Everyone has always the right to fail once in the same setting of things if the intention was purehearted in conscience, and continue unblamed, enriched by the experience."

Couldn't agree more!

Open *OK*


Thank you for this contribution. A brave statement of wisdom that I resonated with. Fixed patterns truly seems to me too as a hinder for evolutionary growth of consciousness, deceptively masked as absolutes by the mind... I personally have found it useful to, almost with deliberate and seeking eager, break own truths and test them for validity. It's hard to break patterns when I believe I can get hurt or fail, but I also have trust in a truth of divine mercy. Everyone has always the right to fail once in the same setting of things if the intention was purehearted in conscience, and continue unblamed, enriched by the experience.


It's a great exploration Richard *OK*

Yes indeed, the fixation with some rigid code of conduct, dished out and lapped up in society, is a great barrier to enlightenment. Because that way, identities are created around what we should or shouldn't do.

However, there is a natural "rightness" to the soul - I observe the soul does have boundaries of what is, or is not, acceptable to it. The soul expresses authentically through action.

I guess this is where morals came from in the first place - like the Ten Commandments for example. Somebody intuited what was right for them, and because the source was respected, then they became established as what's right for society.

We have to step beyond, into the fluidity of the soul. Yet acknowledging it's natural boundaries, which also considers greatly the rights and expressions of others.


Open *OK*