Much of our behavior is governed by various codes of morality that we’ve internalized. Morals really serve as a substitute for trusting our feelings and acting upon them. To give a simple example: If you feel love in your heart for your fellow human beings and for the other life forms upon the earth then you won’t want to do harm to anything. On the other hand, if you’re incapable of feeling empathetic towards other people then the only thing that could possibly restrain you from being aggressive is a moral code.

When people become spiritually awake, this can lead them to question moral codes. Knowing something on the inside is much more precious and powerful than any social mores, religious dogma or mandates of law. It becomes oppressive when we have to carry around a backlog of mental prohibitions and artificial guilt and our hearts so clearly sees the right paths to follow. The mind is full of doubts and needs a structure of commandments to help it to navigate reality. The soul, however, is in its garden, and it knows that it may eat of any fruit that it desires.

Morality, as well-meaning as it oftentimes is, can actually lead many people to stray from their own natural paths in life. Those of us who don’t trust ourselves can be particularly vulnerable. We could begin to question every impulse, desire and dream that ever visited us, wondering if these things might be impure, ungodly, sinful or even insane. The movements of one’s true nature becomes suspect under such circumstances. This creates an (illusory) sense of emptiness that people may try to numb themselves to by clinging even harder to their preferred code of ethics.

Morality often at times imitates the way of the heart without really grasping what it is and without having recourse to any way of touching its essence. The heart’s wisdom is something that can only be felt – and even the most eloquent and evocative words will fall short of truly capturing it. Even the most well-intentioned morality can only take you so far. There’s just no way that any drawn-up code of conduct can possibly replace the inner certainty that comes from trusting your heart and following it.

The fear that can arise during the course of a person’s personal growth is often connected with the uncertainty that goes along with letting go of morality and learning to trust one’s inner nature. Spiritual awakening necessitates questioning morality. As the messages of the heart and soul come through in clearer and clearer channels, there’s no need for the second-hand interpretations of our reasoning minds that appear in our world in the form of rules and moral codes.