Robert Schwartz: Your Soul’s Plan

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

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Discouragement, frustration and lack of meaning can be the order of the day when you feel like you’ve hit a directional “wall” in life.

On these kinds of days, no matter how hard you try to maintain a hopeful perspective, you just want the challenges to go away. After all, what’s it all for?

Why are there so many challenges in life? Why does life sometimes feel so difficult and well, so damn hard?

A few years ago, I stood at my own directional “wall”. I was deep into the abyss of self-pity constantly asking, “Why me? What have I done to deserve this?”

By asking questions that perpetuated my role as the victim, it prolonged my state of helplessness.

As the feelings of helpless ensued and seemed to have no plan (whatsoever) to leave my life, I began a quiet (and much needed) journey inward. Over the course of several years, I devoted myself to emotional healing and ended up reading more than 100 books related to spiritual growth.

Your Soul’s Plan, by Robert Schwartz, was one of the books.

According to Schwartz, there is another possibility for the challenges we all face.

In 2003, Robert Schwartz was tired of searching for the deeper meaning of his life. After exhausting many avenues, the final push led Schwartz to have a consultation with a medium.

During the session, Schwartz was eager to understand the suffering he had experienced. He asked the medium to ask his guides about the major challenges he had faced.

The guides went on to explain that he had planned these challenges before birth — “not for the purpose of suffering, but for the growth that would result through the remembrance of what he had planned to do on earth.”

In an interview with Schwartz, we discuss pre-birth soul planning and the possibility of the higher purpose behind some of life’s biggest challenges:

BJB: What is the primary focus of your work?

RS: I became aware of the work of Michael Newton who wrote Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls. He was a hypnotist in the 90’s who pioneered what he called ‘Life Between Lives Regression’. It’s a form of hypnosis in which a portion of the client’s consciousness goes back to the non-physical realm.

A few years after Your Soul’s Plan (formerly known as Courageous Souls) came out, I took the training to offer between lives soul regression. This is now a major focus of my work.

BJB: Can you talk about the difference between the first book, Your Soul’s Plan (YSP) and the most recent book, Your Soul’s Gift (YSG)?

RS: In Your Soul’s Gift, I examine the pre-birth planning of some experiences that are more challenging, more traumatic and harder to believe and accept that somebody might actually plan them before birth.

There are chapters devoted to the pre-birth planning of rape and incest.

It was not comfortable for me to put those chapters in the book because there was a concern that people would not be able to wrap their minds around it, or that it might be misinterpreted as a ‘blame the victim’ kind of mentality, which it most certainly is not. I felt that I had a responsibility to present what I found in my research.

There’s also a chapter about the pre-birth planning we do with pets.

The story in the pet chapter is about Marcia, who plans to be a Dwarf. She knows before she comes into the body that this will be a very difficult experience, especially when she’s a child. She chooses animal companions for support who will love her unconditionally.

Animals are great teachers because they love unconditionally and they receive love unconditionally. They don’t push it way the way humans do.

There are many lessons we try to learn through things that we plan in our life. But when you drill it all down, it’s really about learning how to give and receive love.

BJB: Does each person make the choice to incarnate, or are some here for a reason other than their soul’s choice?

RS: From what I have seen, it’s always a choice on the soul level.

The personality, a portion of the soul’s energy, is informed as to what the life plan is. The majority of people agree to the plan because they can feel that it’s based on unconditional love and wisdom. There is a small percentage of souls who start to feel doubt or fear. If that happens, they are reassured by their guides that this plan is for the highest good. A small portion of those who continue to express doubt will have the plan revised.

BJB: Fear and self-doubt are so prevalent in this world. Does any of the doubt from the pre-birth planning session carry over and come in with the soul?

RS: I don’t know if all of the doubt is removed. I do know that enough of it is removed so that it’s always consensual. But to answer why self-doubt or doubt in general is so prevalent, I think that’s more of a function of the forgetfulness.