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Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth? [Paperback]

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16 Dec 2006
Please note that Courageous Souls has been reissued under the title, Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born. 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're born for purposes of
spiritual growth. The book contains ten stories of people who planned
physical illness, having handicapped children, deafness, blindness, drug
addiction, alcoholism, losing a loved one, and severe accidents. Because
very different life challenges are often planned for similar reasons,
readers who have not faced these specific challenges will nevertheless see
themselves - and their motivations as a soul - in these stories. For
readers, suffering that once seemed purposeless becomes imbued with deep
meaning. Wisdom may be acquired in a more conscious manner; feelings of
anger, guilt, blame, and victimization are replaced by acceptance,
forgiveness, peace, and gratitude.

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  • Paperback: 327 pages
  • Publisher: Whispering Winds Press (16 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977679454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977679454
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 884,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My book Your Soul's Plan: Discovering the Real Meaning of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born (wwwyoursoulsplancom) explores the premise that we are all eternal souls who plan our lives, including our greatest challenges, before we're born for purposes of spiritual growth.

The book contains ten stories of people who planned physical illness, having handicapped children, deafness, blindness, drug addiction, alcoholism, losing a loved one, and severe accidents. The information about their pre-birth plans was obtained by four gifted mediums and channels. Your Soul's Plan presents the actual conversations people had with their future parents, children, spouses, friends, and other loved ones when they planned their lives together.

For readers, suffering that once seemed purposeless becomes imbued with deep meaning. Wisdom may be acquired in a more conscious manner; feelings of anger, guilt, blame, and victimization are replaced by acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, and peace.

Your Soul's Plan was originally published under the title, Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?

Author Bio

In a personal session with a medium in 2003, I was astonished to speak with nonphysical beings who knew everything about me - not just what I had done in life, but also what I had thought and felt. They told me that I had planned many of my most difficult experiences before I was born. Realizing that a knowledge of pre-birth planning would bring great healing to people and allow them to understand the deeper purpose of their life challenges, I devoted the next three years to studying the pre-birth plans of dozens of individuals.

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". . . a work of mercy . . . one will read through once and then
return again and again to sample according to one's current position in
life." -- Annie Haws, Euro-Reviews

". . . this is a must read . . . If you are a soul seeker, this
book will resonate Truth deep within your hidden memories."
-- Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review

From the Back Cover

"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



Would you like to understand the deeper meaning of your greatest
challenges?



So often, when something "bad" happens, it may appear to be meaningless
suffering. But what if your most difficult experiences are actually rich
with hidden purpose - purpose that you yourself planned before you were
born? Could it be that you chose your life's circumstances, relationships,
and events?



Within these pages are stories of ten individuals who - like you - planned
before birth to experience great challenges. Working with four gifted
mediums and channels, author Robert Schwartz discovers what they chose -
and why. He presents actual pre-birth planning sessions in which souls
discuss their hopes for their upcoming lifetimes. In so doing he opens a
window to the other side where we, as eternal beings, design both our
trials and our potential triumphs.



Through these remarkable stories of pre-birth planning you can:



*Understand how you as a soul create your life blueprint



*Consciously use your challenges to foster spiritual growth



*Understand that the people in your life, including your parents and
children, are there at your request, motivated by their love for you to
play roles that you scripted



*Deepen your appreciation of and gratitude for life as a soul-expanding,
evolutionary process


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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Important Book 31 Jan 2008
Format:Paperback
"There is a need to create limitation, as the soul uses limitation in your realm for growth. As you experience limitedness, there is a need to overcome frustration, work within one's own parameters, and focus energy--an energy that cuts through the density in your realm and creates spaces of light and a higher vibration." - From Courageous Souls

At some point, everyone on Earth has asked "Why?" in the face of difficult circumstances. Why did my fiancé die in a car accident? Why is my mother an alcoholic? Why is my son Autistic? Why do I have cancer? Why is my brother a quadriplegic because of a diving accident? Why do some people die at the hands of serial killers or suicide bombers?

Like existential detectives, many of us try to wrap our heads around life challenges and, ultimately, find out "whodunit?" Was it because of a nasty devil wanting to afflict? Is a capricious god punishing me--or is the wheel of karma catching up? Is negative thinking the root of my illness?

What if NONE of these scenarios was the case--but, in fact, we CONTRACTED our life challenges before incarnating?

In his book Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?, author Robert Schwartz takes readers behind the veil of forgetfulness into the conversations and decisions that have taken place "between lives". Interviewing about a dozen people who have experienced loss, illness, accidents, and addictions, Schwartz explores the idea of agreements made before birth to learn and experience certain life lesson--and coming to know our true selves.

In addition, the author facilitates sessions between these individuals and several mediums.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pondering the Possibilities Outside the Box 7 Mar 2007
Format:Paperback
Robert Schwartz is an eloquent spokesman for his explorations in the realm few of us have even considered, much less explored fully: the concept of pre-birth planning as a convention of souls who make decisions about incarnation - place, time, circumstances, and challenges - that will heighten the overall improvement of not only their repeated growth in the process of rebirth but also the gift to the betterment of mankind.

Schwartz' manner of writing is so tender and so lacking in preaching that he gradually draws the reader into his realm of thinking in a way that allows us to suspend any doubt or prejudice we may have about spirituality or after life or universal karma. He uses conversations with people who share their experiences of living with such 'handicaps' as physical illness, parenting handicapped children, deafness and blindness, drug addiction and alcoholism, accidents, death of a loved one and alters the word 'handicapped' to 'challenges'; 'Challenges are mirrors that reflect to us our feelings about ourselves. In that sense, they are gifts. Wisdom allows us to recognize them as such.'

In addition to discussing the above challenges with particular people who have them, Schwartz introduces us to mediums and channelers who channel the souls of the people we meet, allowing Schwartz to relay to us the conversations between the spiritual world and the physical world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars life changing 11 July 2010
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This book was very easy to read because it was so fascinating - could hardly put it down!

As others have said before me, the basic subject is as it says on the cover - about how we meet with our guardian spirits in our "life between lives" (as I call it) apparently in the exact same place each time. We review the life just past and decide (with other companion souls!) what our souls need to learn/experience next. This period is timeless - could happen within minutes or centuries. Having planned the basic plan of the life (not many of the details), we are then born... Although, sometimes, something goes wrong - a baby is starved of oxygen or something else happens. The soul then can choose whether to go ahead with this life or whether to abandon this one and wait for another opportunity!

As a domestic abuse survivor, I had to come to terms with the likelihood that I'd planned the relationship before birth. That I'd agreed to have him treat me as he did - and he'd get no karma for it. I struggled with that to begin with, to be fair, but when I look at other factors (weird birth chart, numerology and other factors) it would seem that he'd stacked his deck against himself. Which leaves the question - what am I supposed to learn from it? I'd sure like to talk to the mediums that the author did!!!

Anyway, it's a great book and I highly recommend it to anyone - it literally changed my perception of life and death!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A New Way to Look at Life 11 Mar 2007
By Katie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In "Courageous Souls" Robert Schwartz not only discusses the concept of pre-birth planning, but he also provides an in-depth look at both the pre-birth planning process (which occurs while in spirit before each incarnation), as well as the various reasons a soul may have chosen the particular challenges they're dealing with in this lifetime.

What I found particularly interesting were the personal interviews the author did with several participants & the subsequent sessions with various mediums/psychics to assess each person's pre-birth planning sessions. Together these sessions provided background information regarding each person's challenge & the reasons their soul chose that challenge for this lifetime. The types of challenges discussed include: physical illness, parenting handicapped children, drug addiction & alcoholism, death of a loved one, & accidents.

Reading this book allows one to consider a whole new way to look at life's challenges - a way where each challenge does in fact serve a purpose, and a high purpose at that! A way where there is no reason to blame or judge or hate - because we're able to recognize that each person on this earth is also serving a purpose.

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in spirituality & the concept of pre-birth planning - it's truly inspiring.

P.S. This book also offers the names & contact information for the psychics/mediums who worked with the author on this book - a great addition for those of us who would like some assistance in accessing our own pre-birth planning sessions!
251 of 267 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Important Book 5 Mar 2007
By Janet Boyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"There is a need to create limitation, as the soul uses limitation in your realm for growth. As you experience limitedness, there is a need to overcome frustration, work within one's own parameters, and focus energy--an energy that cuts through the density in your realm and creates spaces of light and a higher vibration." - From Courageous Souls

At some point, everyone on Earth has asked "Why?" in the face of difficult circumstances. Why did my fiancé die in a car accident? Why is my mother an alcoholic? Why is my son Autistic? Why do I have cancer? Why is my brother a quadriplegic because of a diving accident? Why do some people die at the hands of serial killers or suicide bombers?

Like existential detectives, many of us try to wrap our heads around life challenges and, ultimately, find out "whodunit?" Was it because of a nasty devil wanting to afflict? Is a capricious god punishing me--or is the wheel of karma catching up? Is negative thinking the root of my illness?

What if NONE of these scenarios was the case--but, in fact, we CONTRACTED our life challenges before incarnating?

In his book Courageous Souls: Do We Plan Our Life Challenges Before Birth?, author Robert Schwartz takes readers behind the veil of forgetfulness into the conversations and decisions that have taken place "between lives". Interviewing about a dozen people who have experienced loss, illness, accidents, and addictions, Schwartz explores the idea of agreements made before birth to learn and experience certain life lesson--and coming to know our true selves.

In addition, the author facilitates sessions between these individuals and several mediums. These mediums access the Akashic Records (an etheric "book of life" that records every thought, word, and action) for information on pre-birth planning sessions or "channel" messages from their spirit guides about specific agreements.

Echoing the case studies of hypnotherapist Dr. Michael Newton, author of the books Journey of Souls and Destiny of Souls--as well as the children's book The Little Soul and the Sun by Neale Donald Walsch-- Schwartz maintains that Earth is place of duality where powerful creators incarnate in order to learn through opposites. A candle surrounded by brilliant light can only experience darkness by entering it.

"Who but the most power of souls could conjure an illusion that appears real to its very creator?" he asks. While we're on the other side, we consult with members of our soul group and guides and agree to perform certain roles--all for the purpose of soul growth and experience. By incarnating on the Earth plane--being born--we enter a "river of forgetfulness", as Caroline Myss describes in her book Sacred Contracts. We forget so we can have a powerful "remembering".

If we accept that each human has contracted particular life lessons such as parenting a disabled child, losing a loved one, participating in an addiction, or experiencing an illness, then the concept of being a "victim"--either of a negligent person, system, or god--is neutralized. Even more than that, there is a sense of meaning and empowerment that enables the personality to move forward, heal, and even contribute to the well-being of others and the raising of group consciousness.

Courageous Souls parts the curtain on the great stage of life, revealing the elaborate play and agreed upon roles that humanity acts out here on Earth--all motivated by deep love and respect for one another. Schwartz writes:

"We love the souls whom we plan our lives. During our earthly existence, they may be people who complicate matters, cause us stress or worry, or even become our `enemies'. When not incarnate the estranged husband and wife, the abusive parent and neglected child, and the warring ex-business partners are loving friends. They care deeply for one another and will often reincarnate together in an effort to master lessons unfinished in previous lives."

Of course, empirical verification of the stories and channeled information relayed in Courageous Souls is impossible, but so are, ultimately, any assertions made by a sacred text, religious leader, or jaded philosopher. One thing I know for sure: ALL of us tell stories to ourselves (and others) that attempt to explain why things happen as they do. Many of those interpretations of "the facts" come from outside us, such as the doctrines of religion or the mores of a culture.

So if we're all telling stories about what we're experiencing on Earth in the attempt to explain situations or create meaning, why not tell ones that embolden, enlighten, and inspire? What is accomplished by playing the victim, wallowing in blame, or becoming entangled in mind games of "woulda, coulda, shoulda"?

What IS has already happened--and how empowering is the idea that we all are playing our roles brilliantly--and that we will embrace all the actors on the other side, congratulating them on their performance and their act of service!

If these ideas sound like the kind of reality you would like to learn more about, then I highly recommend Courageous Souls by Robert Schwartz. By allowing us, the readers, to eavesdrop into pre-birth planning sessions and post-"trauma" interviews, we are given a precious gift of comfort, peace, and meaning--urging us forward in our unique destinies with the knowledge that none is a victim...and EVERYTHING can be used for our highest good.

Janet Boyer, author of The Back in Time Tarot Book: Picture the Past, Experience the Cards, Understand the Present (coming Fall 2008 from Hampton Roads Publishing)
81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pondering the Possibilities Outside the Box 27 Feb 2007
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Robert Schwartz is an eloquent spokesman for his explorations in the realm few of us have even considered, much less explored fully: the concept of pre-birth planning as a convention of souls who make decisions about incarnation - place, time, circumstances, and challenges - that will heighten the overall improvement of not only their repeated growth in the process of rebirth but also the gift to the betterment of mankind.

Schwartz' manner of writing is so tender and so lacking in preaching that he gradually draws the reader into his realm of thinking in a way that allows us to suspend any doubt or prejudice we may have about spirituality or after life or universal karma. He uses conversations with people who share their experiences of living with such 'handicaps' as physical illness, parenting handicapped children, deafness and blindness, drug addiction and alcoholism, accidents, death of a loved one and alters the word 'handicapped' to 'challenges'; 'Challenges are mirrors that reflect to us our feelings about ourselves. In that sense, they are gifts. Wisdom allows us to recognize them as such.'

In addition to discussing the above challenges with particular people who have them, Schwartz introduces us to mediums and channelers who channel the souls of the people we meet, allowing Schwartz to relay to us the conversations between the spiritual world and the physical world. In this very quiet manner Schwartz offers an explanation as to why 'untoward events' happen: his conversations with the various people he shares (for instance the autistic child or the parent of that child) allow us to consider that these choices are made in the spirit world prior to our birth and that these challenges offer the opportunity to separate the physical self-centered being from the choice to make the situations examples of growth, and of revealing love to those around us.

Schwartz takes no credit for the information he presents in this book. His drive is to open doors to us the readers to consider his findings and philosophy as a means to learning more about how life and the spiritual world are enmeshed. 'I have learned from the wise nonphysical beings with whom I have spoken...Through them I now understand the immense power of this most elemental truth: that we are not our bodies...If you also know that you planned your disability, that it indeed has a deep significance, then your life may become a quest to uncover that meaning. Suffering is lightened, emptiness replaced with purpose.'

Writers such as Robert Schwartz challenge our inside the box thinking, encouraging us to suspend prejudice and the state of being uninformed to enter the arena of growing spiritually. The beauty of this enormously moving book lies in the simplicity of the style Schwartz has chosen to communicate. This is not a sensationalized series of speaking with the 'great dramatic séance', this is instead a welcome to another way of viewing our lives - this one and the ones that have been and will be. Grady Harp, February 07
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Planning our Lives 20 May 2007
By Elizabeth Reveley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After reading this book, I have no more questions about how I planned my life. I also gave up blaming anyone for anything. it is completely clear that I requested my best soul friends to participate in my life. Out of their great love for me they agreed to play certains roles for me to support my soul's learning and my soul's evolution.

This book shows there is nothing to forgive as you asked for every situation in your life.

Maybe you only need to forgive yourself for being so hard on yourself.

Robert Schwartz has a clear style. it is easy to read.

This book will change your life....it is a must.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perspective Shift 16 Mar 2007
By Deb C. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you truly want a shift in your perceptions, read this book. If you truly want to move away from judging others, read this book. If you want a soothing balm for your weary soul, this will sooth and rejuvenate. It is beautifully written, thought provoking, profound and moving. It spoke to me at just the right time in just the right way and I will never forget what Mr. Schwartz has laid out so amazingly on these pages. I have honestly never read anything like it, the only other comparison I have run across are Dr. Newton's books on this subject. This one is put together in an altogether more approacable way. WHAT IF this is all true, WHAT IF these are the explanations that have so defied our LOGICAL reasoning of human behavior since the beginning of time - why else all the suffering and pain? WHAT IF this beautiful, perfectly orchestrated scenario where EVERYTHING has a purpose, no matter how it looks on the "outside" were in fact, the true reality. Just for the mere fact of expanding your awareness, shifting your perspective if only a tiny bit - this book would be well worth the money spent. The ideas contained within it's pages are enough to actually change the world, and I don't say that lightly. If we all REALLY understood that we all came from the same loving source, are made up of the exact same powerful energy, will return to the same source and we are only here to learn love in all of it's wonderful manifestations, where would all the hate, fear, anger, jealousy fit it. It wouldn't. I submit to you, one day this book will be on every table in every home, it might be a 100 years or so, but one day !!!
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