When a Course in Miracles speaks about having vigilance it is asking us to be alert to mind wandering. Let’s face it, the majority of us are undisciplined when it comes to our thinking and at different times it may seem like our thoughts are choosing us rather than us choosing them. These harsh thoughts when left unattended will often run amok and eventually manifest themselves as an idea of weariness in the world, resulting in fear, despair and the illusory death of love.
Becoming aware of the kind of thoughts we are thinking is a spiritual discipline in itself. I have been a student/ teacher of A Course In Miracles for many years and in my experience the work is ongoing. Each and every day I am presented with new and exciting opportunities to weed out those troublesome beliefs and to transform them into ones that are peaceful and loving. However, vigilance does not mean bashing ourselves over the head; rather it requires treating ourselves with kindness.
‘How can you wake children in a more kindly way than by a gentle voice That will not frighten them, but will merely remind them that the night is over and the light has come? You do not inform them that the nightmares that frightened them so badly are not real, because children believe in magic. You merely reassure them that they are safe NOW. Then you train them to recognize the difference between sleeping and waking, so they will understand they need not be afraid of dreams. And so when bad dreams come, they will themselves call on the light to dispel them.’ - ACIM
We are standing on the edge of something massive. This inner work we have chosen to undertake is a revolution in the way we think, eat, sleep, act, and is a breathe of hope - it is a revolution of the heart. The world doesn’t need martyrs but teachers - those of us who are willing to step up and teach the ways of the ancient ones.
‘ All shallow roots must be uprooted’ - ACIM
Vigilance has an essential part to play enabling us to open our minds to the love that was always there just waiting to be remembered.