Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born

Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born

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by Robert Schwartz

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Would you like to understand the deeper spiritual meaning of physical illness, parenting handicapped children, drug addiction, alcoholism, the death of a loved one, accidents, deafness, and blindness?
Your Soul’s Plan (which was originally published under the title Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?)

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Would you like to understand the deeper spiritual meaning of physical illness, parenting handicapped children, drug addiction, alcoholism, the death of a loved one, accidents, deafness, and blindness?
Your Soul’s Plan (which was originally published under the title Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?) explores the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our greatest challenges, before we are born for the purpose of spiritual growth. Through compelling profiles of people who knowingly planned the experiences mentioned above, Your Soul’s Plan shows that suffering is not purposeless, but rather imbued with deep meaning. Working with four gifted mediums, author Robert Schwartz reveals the significance of each person’s life plan and allows us a fascinating look into the “other side.”

Each personal story focuses on a specific life challenge, organized by type for easy reference. Accessible both to those familiar with the metaphysical aspects of spirituality and to the general reader, the moving narratives that comprise Your Soul’s Plan help readers awaken to the reality that they are transcendent, eternal souls. With this stirring book as a guide, feelings of anger, resentment, guilt, and victimization are healed and transformed into acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, and peace.

Robert Schwartz is also the author of Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born, which explores the pre-birth planning of spiritual awakening, miscarriage, abortion, caregiving, abusive relationships, sexuality, incest, adoption, poverty, suicide, rape, and mental illness. There’s also a chapter about the pre-birth planning we do with our future pets.
Robert Schwartz is a hypnotherapist who offers general Spiritual Guidance Sessions, Past Life Soul Regressions, and Between Lives Soul Regressions. Visit Robert online at

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“The more we know about the meaning of life, the better we understand the important choices we must make. Robert Schwartz has done an excellent job of presenting the possible explanations of what we are doing here and why we are here. I highly recommend this book.”
—Dannion Brinkley, author of Saved by the Light and The Secrets of the Light

Your Soul’s Plan is a deeply insightful guide as to why our lives unfold as they do and how to direct them to a deeper place. A powerful book . . . I highly recommend it.”
—Sonia Choquette, author of The Answer is Simple . . . Love Yourself, Live Your Spirit!

Your Soul’s Plan is one of the most detailed explorations I have seen into understanding why we have chosen certain paths in our lives and how we may use that information to continue our journey as a soul here and now. This book will help thousands of people. A book you HAVE to have in your library!"
—John Holland, author of Born Knowing and Power of the Soul

“Schwartz provides a very special sense of seeing divine order everywhere… Your Soul's Plan provides a fabulous and much-needed compass for those of us seeking to regain the deeper awareness of our core spiritual strength. Highly recommended!”
New Consciousness Review

Your Soul's Plan is highly recommended to anyone trying to understand the suffering, tragedy or loss that has caused them to question life, death and/or God. And who among us is not inflicted by such challenges and questions in our lifetime? In my eight years researching life after death, spirituality and life purpose, I have discovered no better explanation of why human challenges exist than what is so eloquently written in Robert Schwartz's book.”
—Bob Olson, Editor

"The serene cover of Your Soul's Plan belies the punch with which Robert Schwartz communicates the results of his research into pre-birth planning . . . Overall, it is one of the best books of this kind I have come across."
—Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer magazine

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In May of 2003, I was leading an unfulfilling life as a self-employed marketing and communications consultant. Although I enjoyed some of my work, I did not derive deep satisfaction from any of it. I often felt that if I were to fall off the face of the Earth, my clients would hardly notice; they would simply plug someone else into my role. More important, my life was not a unique expression of my soul. A spiritual but not a religious person, I longed to make a contribution to the world that would be "uniquely me," but I had no idea what that might be.

I had exhausted the usual routes one explores to find meaning and purpose. I was lost and floundering. Then, an inspiration came to me: why not consult a medium? Although I had a strong belief in God, I had never (as far as I knew) directly experienced the metaphysical. I felt I had nothing to lose. I researched mediums and selected someone with whom I felt comfortable.

My session with the medium took place on May 7, 2003. I remember the exact date because on that day my life changed. I told the medium very little about myself, describing my circumstances only in the most general terms. She explained that each of us has spirit guides, nonphysical beings with whom we plan our lives prior to incarnation. Through her I was able to speak with mine. They knew everything about me—not only what I had done but also what I had thought and felt. For example, they referred to a specific prayer I had said to God some five years earlier. At a particularly difficult time I had prayed, "God, I can't do this alone. Please send help." My guides told me that additional nonphysical assistance had been provided. "Your prayer was answered," they said. I was astounded.

Eager to understand the suffering I had experienced, I asked my guides about the major challenges I had faced. They explained that I had planned these challenges before birth—not for the purpose of suffering, but for the growth that would result. I was shaken by this information. My conscious mind knew nothing of pre-birth planning, yet intuitively I sensed truth in their words.

Although I did not realize it at the time, my session with the medium triggered a profound spiritual awakening for me. I would later understand that this awakening was really a remembering—a remembering of who I am as an eternal soul and, more specifically, what I had planned to do on Earth.

For the next few weeks I continued with life as usual, although the information from my guides was constantly on my mind. I did not know what to do with it. One afternoon I took a break from work and went for a walk—and had an experience even more profound than my session with the medium. I suddenly felt overwhelming, unconditional love for every person I saw! No words can adequately convey the power of this love. It was of an intensity and depth I had never experienced and did not know was possible. For each person—the mother pushing her baby in a stroller, the cab driver waiting for a fare, the child playing at the corner, the barber cutting hair behind the window of his barbershop—I felt pure, limitless love.

Though I had never before heard of such an experience, I knew intuitively what was happening: I was in enhanced, immediate communion with my soul. In effect my soul was saying to me, "This love is who you are." I now believe my soul gifted me with this experience to facilitate the work I would soon begin.

I became obsessed with reading about spirituality and metaphysics. As I read I thought often about pre-birth planning. All my life I had viewed my challenges as nothing more than meaningless suffering and their occurrences as random and arbitrary. Had I known that I'd planned my challenges, I would have seen them rich with purpose. That knowledge alone would have greatly eased my suffering. Had I also known why I'd planned them, I could have consciously learned the lessons they offered. Feelings of fear, anger, resentment, blame, and self-pity would have been replaced by a focus on growth. Perhaps I might even have been grateful for the challenges.

During this period of intense study and inner exploration, I met a woman is able to channel her soul and who agreed to let me speak with her soul about pre-birth planning. I had no knowledge of channeling and was taken aback when she went into a trance and another consciousness, one clearly distinct from hers, began to speak through her. I spoke with her soul for fifteen hours over the course of five meetings.

These conversations were thrilling. They verified and complemented my reading and study. Her soul told me in detail about her own pre-birth planning: the various challenges that had been discussed and the reasons some were selected. Here I had direct, specific confirmation of a phenomenon of which very few people were aware. Because the pain in my life had made me extremely sensitive to—and intensely motivated to relieve—the suffering of others, I was excited by the potential healing an awareness of pre-birth planning could bring to people. I knew that the information I had discovered could lighten their suffering and imbue their challenges with new meaning and purpose. As a result I resolved to write a book about the subject and to share its significance with others.

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Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
ChihuahuaMommy More than 1 year ago
I have read a great deal of books in the past year and a half about reincarnation, karma and spirituality. This book is one of my favorites. I have learned from past readings how each of us (our souls) create a life plan before we are born. This life plan incorporates everything from how we will die in our next life, the people that will be included in our next life, our experiences (good and bad) and how those experiences will help us learn the lessons we need to learn to move up on our spiritual ladder (so to speak) as divine beings. This book "The Soul's Plan" brings great insight into how much detail and help from others (Masters, the people that will be in your next life, etc.) that actual goes into your life plan. I loved it so much that I purchased a copy for my mother-in-law as well. I would love to see a sequel come out from the author discussing more topics regarding our soul's plan - subjects like abusive relationships, troubled childhoods (including but not limited to sexual abuse, emotional abuse and why our parents are chosen to be in our lives), etc. I know only so many topics can be included in this book. A sequel would be great. This book exceeded my expectations...a very interesting read indeed! :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book after the sudden death of my husband. I was searching for the answers to my "why" questions. In my opinion this book answers all the questions. Robert Schwartz has complied a stunning piece of work with incredible insights that have and will continue to help me process through my grief. In addition, I had a session with one of the featured mediums from the book. Her reading also answered many questions about my search for meaning in a time of loss. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the concept of pre-birth planning.
CynthiaSueLarson More than 1 year ago
Have you ever wondered why life can sometimes seem so terribly unfair? Why it can be that whereas some people are born healthy and strong to loving, supportive families, others suffer terrible misfortunes, sometimes right from the start? Your Soul's Plan author Robert Scwhartz takes this age-old question to an entirely new level when he challenges people to look deeper, past the so-called "bad" experiences, to a rich tapestry of hidden purpose and meaning. The idea of pre-birth planning is central to Your Soul's Purpose, as four spirit channels and mediums assist Robert Schwartz and ten clients in the process of sorting through a variety of setbacks, hardships and traumatic incidents to find an underlying sense of meaning, love and insight. Just as many traditional therapists often suggest people transition from feelings of anger and betrayal to forgiveness, peace and gratitude, Schwartz provides a very special sense of seeing divine order everywhere. Robert Schwartz views how those "less fortunate victims" of circumstance are not to be pitied, but instead to be respected. These people have achieved desired experiences that allow them to show great fortitude in living difficult life plans, which are all designed in wisdom, and based on love. Your Soul's Purpose points out that little is as it seems, and reminds us to view our lives through the awareness that we are much more than our bodies, that we are truly eternal souls who know a level of responsibility at the soul level where no one is a victim and all is deeply interconnected As One. Robert Schwartz writes, "I have come to see our world, despite its anguish and heartbreaks as inherently beautiful. I sense a sweetness in life. I feel it -- everywhere." In a world where little is as it seems on the surface, Your Soul's Plan provides a fabulous and much-needed compass for those of us seeking to regain the deeper awareness of our core spiritual strength. Highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book but some of the concepts explored in the book were a little hard to understand and to accept. For example, the author says that the soul can be in different places at the same time and that by forgiving someone, you physically change your chromosomes and that of the person accepting the forgiveness. In addition ,he claims that we are sent here to learn lessons we already know on the other side. The author also states that we get cancer and other major illnesses to learn a lesson. Then why do dogs and cats get cancer and birds get arthritis ? What lessons could they possibly learn from their illnesses ?
dianemcq More than 1 year ago
This book is different from any other I've read on the subject of spirituality, and it is both informative and uplifting. I was so impressed with its content that I gave it to my teenage daughter to read and had a reading with one of the psychic/mediums from the book. I think this is a definite must-read for anyone interested in this subject!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life changing. I have gifted this book more than any other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely well written and thoughtful! Great book for anyone who believes there is more to life than what meets the eye! Wonderful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this, and applying some things I learned, to certain events and experiences I have gone through in this lifetime. I also am now reading another book by this author, about healing from certain experiences chosen to have before I was born into an earthly existence. Sometimes I wondered, HOW did this happen, or WHY would I have actually chosen such difficult things to go through?? These books do explain pretty well that every challenge does serve a purpose. I still feel, though, that we can be too ambitious on the other side, with some of the challenges we choose, and it can just be too much. And that is when we also have the option to talk to our souls and to God, to try to lessen the load, so to speak. Anyway, overall, a very interesting read!
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