“The disheartened are useless to themselves and to me, but only the ego can be disheartened. (T64)”
Affirmation: “only the ego can be disheartened”
This passage indicates another reason that withdrawal from the world is not recommended. We have a role to play in the salvation of the world. If we do not take our place, it is left empty, and Jesus needs us to take the role that he assigns.
Remember that feeling disheartened is a function of the ego. In fact, it is one of the most common ways in which we are derailed. Ego-based action is always misguided; there are no exceptions to this rule, in the tenets of the Course.
We see, therefore, another way that we can recognize that the ego has taken over again. If we feel disheartened, we are leading our lives in the way of the ego. This cannot but bring us down. The answer? Give up thinking that we are more special than our brothers. We are all equal, though not all equal in time. Some have greater and some have lesser roles to play. Some are closer to Awakening than others. But we will all take the pathway to Awakening and find its conclusion eventually. That is what time is for.
When I am tempted to feel disheartened, may I drop this feeling because I can recognize it is of the ego. I want to drop all things that are of the ego.
Help me to take my role in salvation. Until I do this, my place will remain empty, and your children will not all find their way back to You.