Today I relax with confidence in the activity of my Inner Divine Mind. I allow It to express Its True Nature of all-sufficiency and all-supply in my life and affairs. Today, my only responsibility is to protect My Own Loving Presence from thoughts that block Its flow. If I feel uncertain, I remember my Source; if I feel weak, I remember my Inner Flow; if I feel doubt, I assure myself of my Inner Knowing and I am free.
The wholeness of the Kingdom does not depend on your perception, but your awareness of its wholeness does. It is only your awareness that needs protection, since being cannot be assailed. Yet a real sense of being cannot be yours while you are doubtful of what you are. This is why vigilance is essential. Doubts about being must not enter your mind, or you cannot know what you are with certainty. Certainty is of God for you. Vigilance is not necessary for truth, but it is necessary against illusions. (A Course in Miracles, Chapter 6)
Vigilance is essential in doing inner work. It serves two purposes:
The first, protection, is necessary as long as your little self objects to you becoming and being your True Self. The symptoms of this show up as doubts, fears, loss of confidence, weakness–those things addressed in the Guiding Thought.
Maintaining vigilance against those things weakens the little self, and strengthens the True Self (which does not actually need strengthening, only your awareness of it and confidence in it does).
Protection can come in different forms. First, you can just be aware of your thoughts, and as weak or doubtful thoughts arise, notice them, and let them go. Second, you can proactively change your thoughts: write down any “negative” thoughts that you can find in your mind; write until you can’t think of any more. Then go back through those thoughts and next to, or beside them, write new thoughts that are positive, that demonstrate confidence and assurance. Finally, you can also proactively do prayers or mantra throughout the day. Mantra means “mind protection”. Use any loving, kind, positive thought, and just repeat it in your mind all the time (as much as you can); it’s sort of like having a song stuck in your head, but it’s a song you choose, and one with lyrics that will (literally) change your mind.
The second, constancy, is necessary as a demonstration to God, to your higher self, to the Holy Spirit that you are serious about your seeking, your journey, about really reaching up to and out to God.
Having faith means being faithful. Being faithful means being dependable, reliable. We are God’s heart-head-hands on earth. He needs to be able to rely on us as we walk through life to be in-tune with what He needs us to do. He needs to be able to count on us, so we need to show him He can.
Vigilance in this sense means more like a state of vigilance—a state of readiness, alert, aware. Sometimes it’s very simple things that demonstrate our vigilance: a kind word to a cashier (honoring another human being), letting a car in to the flow of traffic (acts of kindness without getting anything back), feeding the birds (honor and respect for all life).
God is in every action and interaction; vigilance demonstrates your awareness of that.