The Urtext is the first typewritten draft of A Course in Miracles. Helen read her notes to Bill Thetford who typed them up. It is obviously private (one of the reasons that Ken Wapnick encouraged students to consider not giving attention to it) and was not (according to Wapnick and other early ACIM practitioners) intended for publication in that state. Its value is the way it makes clear that the course is to be practiced, brought into application, and that this application is nontrivial. Contra Ken’s emphasis that the course is not about behavior, the urtext makes clear that that behavior actually matters. When asked for an example of course principles being lived out in the world, Helen named Mother Theresa. Therefore, we understand that A Course in Miracles is meant to be used in the world – as miracle workers, we are called to be messengers of love.
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