A new student of A Course in Miracles once asked me, if our bodies aren’t real, would A Course in Miracles advocate suicide? The answer is NO. Suicide and death are NOT how we awaken from the dream.

As you’ll hear in today’s podcast, our task is to accept our true identity while in the body.

In today’s episode, I interview Lorri Coburn. Lorri is a psychotherapist, spiritual coach and author. Lorri struggled with suicidal ideation for decades and she’s going to share her story with us.

Naturally, this episode comes with a CONTENT WARNING as we’ll be discussing details of Lorri’s journey with suicidal ideation, her plans for her death, but also her healing and recovery.

You’ll hear in Lorri’s journey that she received the clear message that death is not the way out and that our task is to accept our true identity while IN the body. Lorri points out that there are many passages in A Course in Miracles that speak to how death is not the way out. And she shares how our mind goes with us after we die so you have to be willing to change your mind here.

This episode is raw and real and Lorri’s story also shows us that although A Course in Miracles teaches that healing can happen in an instant, for many of us, myself included, healing is often experienced as gradual. Lorri’s journey of healing depression and suicidal ideation was a process that took place over a number of years.

If you are struggling with suicidal ideation, there IS HELP available. You can go to your nearest emergency room. If you’re in the USA, call 988 for the Suicide and Crisis LIFELINE or go to https://988lifeline.org/ to connect via chat.

If you’re outside of the USA, go to your nearest emergency room or you can find a suicide hotline via http://suicide.org/international-suicide-hotlines.html (If this link changes, please search the internet for a suicide hotline in your country).

You are worth the effort it takes to heal.



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From A Course in Miracles Lesson 191:

“Deny your own Identity, and you will not escape the madness which induced this weird, unnatural and ghostly thought that mocks creation and that laughs at God. ²Deny your own Identity, and you assail the universe alone, without a friend, a tiny particle of dust against the legions of your enemies. ³Deny your own Identity, and look on evil, sin and death, and watch despair snatch from your fingers every scrap of hope, leaving you nothing but the wish to die.” (ACIM, W-191.3:1-3)




  1. Death is not the way out. A Course in Miracles teaches this and it is our job to be willing to change our minds HERE. We must be willing to accept our true identity.
  2. Lorri made a decision to really work a healing pathway. Whether your healing pathway is A Course in Miracles or not (as there are many other healing pathways), it’s important to make a decision to WORK IT.
  3. Remember that Lori’s recovery from chronic suicidal ideation was a PROCESS. Not a one time event.
  4. Lorri started to identify as a Holy Child of God and consistently reminded herself that the depression thoughts are NOT her.
  5. Our final takeaway is Lorri’s closing words: You are the holy Child of God. You are the Christ Self, Higher Self. That’s your true identity. You are spirit. You are not this body, this personality, all the negative experiences, bad thoughts, things you think you’re guilty for. They are not you. They don’t belong to you and you can learn to dis-identify with them and accept your true identity.


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