Mold Toxicity

29 Apr

I’m going to deviate from the topic of pre-birth planning – or am I? – to share a personal matter with you. For more than six years I’ve been dealing with a serious physical illness: mold toxicity. I would like to share my experience with you in the hope that it may be helpful to those of you who face mysterious, undiagnosed physical symptoms as I once did.

The onset was insidious, beginning with shorter, lighter, less restful sleep. I already knew that I had sleep apnea, so I purchased a CPAP machine . . . which did nothing to help me sleep better. Over time my sleep became worse and worse. Often I would wake up at 3 am and not be able to fall back asleep. When this happened several days in a row, as it frequently did, the fatigue was overwhelming.

Then neurologic symptoms developed. At first, it was a tingling sensation in my lower arms and legs and on occasion a feeling that my toes were on fire. Over a period of a few years, the tingling moved from my lower to my upper extremities. Then I noticed that I became short of breath much more easily.

Matters came to a head on a trip to New Zealand. After carrying two heavy suitcases up three flight of stairs, I was suddenly barely able to move or think. I sat immobile in a chair for hours, knowing that I had no energy for movement of any kind. Worse, my thought process slowed dramatically; I could scarcely plan what to do next. I later learned that this is what’s known as post-exertional malaise, a symptom of mold toxicity.

In the home in which my wife and I live, my office is on the lower level. There’s only one flight of stairs between levels. Things were so bad at one point that my wife and I had to plan when I was going to leave my office for the day . . . because I could only go back up the stairs once in a day!

It took over five years for the symptoms to progress in this manner. During that time period, I went from doctor to doctor, none of who were able to help me.
Initially, the most likely diagnoses were pre-diabetes or diabetes. I was worked up for those, and they were ruled out.

The next several most likely diagnoses were various autoimmune disorders. I was worked up for those, and they were ruled out. The doctor who evaluated me for the autoimmune disorders then dismissed my symptoms as due to “stress.”

The next several diagnoses were various neurologic disorders. I underwent testing – some of which was quite painful – for those, and they were ruled out.

The next most likely diagnosis was Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I had a Skype consult with an expert in CFS, Dr. Courtney Craig, a brilliant and very caring person. At the end of the hour, she said, “Well, you don’t have CFS, but you might want to look into mold toxicity. It presents in a similar way.” I thought, “Mold toxicity? No, it can’t be!” As it turned out, Dr. Craig was right. She literally saved my life; I doubt if I would have ever gotten to that diagnosis without her. You can reach her through her web site http://www.drcourtneycraig.com.

After the call with Dr. Craig, I found an article online in which the author had surveyed many people with mold toxicity and asked them which doctor had helped the most. The ten physicians most often mentioned in the survey were profiled in this article. I showed the article to my wife, who got a strong intuitive hit regarding one of the physicians, Dr. Neil Nathan.

Dr. Nathan had me tested for mold toxicity. (The gold standard is a urine test from Real Times Labs.) I was strongly positive for all four types of mycotoxins (mold toxins) measured by the test. Within just a couple of weeks of starting treatment, I was dramatically (about 40%) better. Progress has been much slower since then, but Dr. Nathan and I are hopeful for a full recovery in another 2-3 years.

I view Dr. Nathan as one of the world’s leading experts on mold toxicity. He can be reached at askdrnathan@gmail.com. His web site is http://www.neilnathanmd.com/. I suggest you read his book Toxic. (The documentary Moldy is also a good resource.) Dr. Nathan estimates that as many as two million people in the US alone may have undiagnosed mold toxicity. Mold toxicity can cause many symptoms other than the ones I described, so please do your own research.

One last tidbit: drywall is a fertile breeding ground for mold. If you live in or have lived in a home with drywall, this is something to consider.

I hope that my experience may be of value to some of you. And, for those of you who have already successfully treated mold toxicity, I would like to hear any suggestions you care to offer. Please feel free to write to me at rob.schwartz@yoursoulsplan.com.

Disclaimer: I am not a physician. Nothing that I have written is intended to be taken as medical advice. Please make all medical decisions in consultation with your doctor.

The Pre-Birth Plan of The Fonz

29 Apr

Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Henry Winkler speak. For those unfamiliar with the name, Winkler played Arthur Fonzarelli (aka “The Fonz”) in the popular television show Happy Days, which was on the air here in the U.S. in the 1970s and 80s. Since then Winkler has gone on to star in, direct, and produce a variety of successful television shows and films.

Winkler spoke poignantly of his academic struggles early in life, when dyslexia made it difficult for him to learn. His parents, German immigrants, repeatedly called him dummer hund (dumb dog). Not surprisingly, he grew up believing he was stupid.

Although he’s experienced extraordinary success in television and film, Winkler said that his greatest accomplishment is a series of best-selling children’s books about Hank Zipzer, a fictional boy who also has dyslexia. With titles like Everybody is Somebody, the books have inspired countless children to believe in and value themselves and countless parents to believe in and value their children – regardless of their level of academic success.

As I listened to Winkler speak, it became clear to me that he had beautifully and magnificently fulfilled his pre-birth plan. Before we are born, each of us chooses a mission, some area of life on Earth that is important to us and in which we want to make a positive impact. I envisioned Winkler in his pre-birth planning session telling his guides, “I want to empower children who have learning disabilities. I want to help these children – and all children – know their inherent worth. And I want to help their parents know it, too.”

Having selected that mission, Winkler would then have planned to enter the very vibration he so wanted to change. Service to others – which is part of literally every pre-birth plan I have ever examined – is particularly powerful when we ourselves enter and experience a certain vibration and then transform it from within. I could hear Winkler’s guides saying, “One possibility is for you to have dyslexia and parents who shame you for it. If you can rise above the vibration of shame and come to know your worth, you will then offer that higher vibration, that wisdom, to others.”

At that point, Winkler would have gone to the two souls he wanted to be his parents and asked them to be part of his plan. “I want to empower and uplift children who have learning disabilities and their parents. I choose to experience dyslexia, as it will give me the opportunity and motivation to accomplish my mission. I ask that you shame me as a child for my inability to learn. My intention is to rise above the shame, heal it within myself, and then find an inspiring way to offer such healing and upliftment to others.”

The two souls approached by Winkler would likely be souls with whom he had shared many incarnations and with whom there was already great love. I could hear them responding, “Though it will be difficult for us, out of our great love for you we will play this role. We will speak the words that will drive you within, where you will discover your value as an expression of the Divine. We love you, and we agree to play the role you have requested.”

Winkler ended his talk by saying, “Thank you for listening to me, because my parents never did.” I suspect that his very natural and understandable human perspective will be replaced by a very different one when he returns to the other side and remembers just how well his parents did listen to him.

Perspectives on President Trump

17 Jan

I continue to receive questions from many of you about President Trump. The most common questions are “What is this all about?” and “How could this have happened?” Believe me, I understand the feelings that give rise to these questions. I’d like to offer a few more thoughts to put this experience in perspective.

As those of you who have read Your Soul’s Plan and Your Soul’s Gift know, I believe that many people have what I call a learning through opposites life plan. As souls, we learn best by experiencing the opposite of what we ultimately want. To take a common example, a soul who wants to deepen in compassion in the next lifetime will plan to incarnate in a family in which he or she will be treated with a profound lack of compassion. The absence of compassion in the external environment is intended to provide both the opportunity and motivation for that person to go within and cultivate self-compassion. Invariably, the life plan then calls for the person later in life to take the compassion that has thus far been offered only to self and turn it outward in service to (seeming) others. This component of service to others has been present in literally every pre-birth plan I have ever examined.

President Trump offers us a plethora of opposites to experience; I don’t have space to list all of them here. “Yes,” you may say, “but does this have to be done in such an extreme and intense way?” Understand: the Earth is going through an ascension process, moving relatively quickly through the fourth dimension and then into the fifth. This shift in vibration and consciousness is being catalyzed in part by President Trump. I believe he agreed – at our request – to play the role he’s playing for this very purpose. After this current lifetime ends and we see the big picture with greater clarity, we will be grateful to him for playing his part so well.

A fellow hypnotist shared the following story with me. While a client was in deep trance and channeling his Higher Self, the hypnotist, following the instructions his client had given him, asked this person’s Higher Self about President Trump. The client’s Higher Self then drew an analogy in which President Trump was pushing a wheelbarrow of manure and then dumping it on the ground. It doesn’t look good. It doesn’t smell good. Yet, out of the manure beautiful flowers can eventually grow.

Every pre-birth plan I have ever studied has been based on great wisdom and unconditional love. Let us trust in that. Let us trust that the beauty and magnificence of The Shift will be worth the pain of the catalyst.

The Healing Power of Acceptance

22 Oct

What do spiritual awakening, miscarriage, abortion, caregiving, having pets, abusive relationships, sexual orientation, adoption, poverty, suicide, and mental illness have in common? The answer is that all of them can be part of a life plan created by our souls before we are born.

Working with a team of mediums and channels, I explore the pre-birth planning of these and other life circumstances and experiences in my second book, Your Soul’s Gift: The Healing Power of the Life You Planned Before You Were Born. In the sessions with the mediums and channels, we talk with people’s higher selves and spirit guides, “deceased” loved ones, and enlightened beings about the spiritual meaning and purpose of the major challenges we encounter in a life on Earth. Equally important, we discuss how one heals from painful experiences – and indeed, how the soul utilizes such experiences to catalyze healing.

How and why, then, do painful and even traumatic experiences come to be part of a pre-birth plan? Let’s discuss one way in which such experiences occur.

Almost all of us have had past lives in which we developed beliefs or feelings about ourselves that the soul knows to be untrue and therefore wishes to heal. Two of the most common false beliefs or feelings are that one is powerless and that one is unworthy or perhaps even worthless. A basic spiritual tenet is that there is no unexpressed consciousness. So, if either of these beliefs or feelings is within your consciousness, regardless of whether it is at the conscious, subconscious, or unconscious level, it will manifest in your life, sometimes in the form of a traumatic experience.

From our human vantage point, this may seem harsh or punitive. The Universe’s intention, however, is to mirror you to you so that any aspects of self that are in need of healing will be brought into the light of greater awareness, where you may then set about healing them. This is one of the fundamental purposes served by life in a physical dimension.

At the most basic level, the pre-birth contract is the same for everyone: embrace and transmute all discordant (unloving) energies, including beliefs or feelings that are untrue (and thus unloving) toward self. Energies we have not transmuted from any life will come to us in this life so that we may do so.

We all requested this opportunity before we were born; indeed, it was a prerequisite for birth into the physical realm at this time. This lifetime is therefore of primary importance in the cosmic calendar. We are here to integrate into the whole of our Being and in so doing heal the remnants of all unintegrated energies from all our lives, both physical and nonphysical.

When we resist any aspect of life, we resist healing, too. When there is a block in one direction, there is a block in every direction. Ultimately, then, the purpose of every life challenge is the same: to grant us the opportunity to embrace that which we have so far resisted. As well, every life challenge is healed in the same way: through an increase in the vibration of what we think, say, and do.

Our experience of life is not determined by our life plan but rather by how we respond to that plan. Our responses—our thoughts, words, and actions in every moment—create our experience and potentially our healing. As we heal and learn life’s underlying lessons in a conscious manner, challenges that were planned as potentials in our lives either never manifest or occur in a more gentle form.

It is here that an awareness of pre-birth planning is profoundly helpful and healing. When we understand that our souls planned our lives, then we know there is deep meaning and purpose to all that occurs. When we know there is deep meaning and purpose to all that occurs, it becomes infinitely easier for us to think, speak, and act in loving ways.

As we respond to life in loving ways, our previous resistance becomes acceptance, our acceptance turns into receptivity, our receptivity grows into embrace, and our embrace is transformed into gratitude for the experiences that open our hearts and expand us as souls.

You have embodied on Earth at this time to heal by awakening consciously to the memory of yourself as soul. Your healing comes and is completed when you see the light of your soul and know that light to be who you truly are.

What is a Between Lives Soul Regression?

3 Jul

A Between Lives Soul Regression (BLSR) is a form of hypnosis designed to answer any questions you have about your life plan and purpose. The session begins with a series of physical and mental relaxation exercises. I then guide you into a past life. It’s almost always a past life that had a major impact on the plan for your current lifetime. That is, it sheds light on what you came into the current incarnation to learn and why that particular learning is important to you.

At the end of the past life, a portion of your consciousness leaves the body in the death scene and crosses back over to the other side. I know this sounds a bit ominous, but there’s really nothing to it. It’s easy, safe, natural, and gentle, and anyone reading this post has probably already done it many times.

After returning to our nonphysical Home, about 80% of clients are greeted by one of their spirit guides. The remaining 20% are greeted by a “deceased” loved one, multiple members of their soul group, an angel, an ascended master, or a spiritual figure of significance to them. Regardless of who greets you, you will talk with that being about why you were shown that particular past life and how it’s related to the plan for your current lifetime. We then ask that being to escort you to the Council of Elders.

The Council consists of the very wise, loving, and highly evolved beings who oversee your evolution on Earth. They know everything about you: the plan and purpose of your current lifetime and every past life you’ve lived. The most common questions asked of and answered by the Council are: What did I plan for my current lifetime and why did I make those plans? How am I doing in terms of fulfilling my plan? How can I better fulfill my plan? How can I heal? What did I plan with [insert names of family members, friends, romantic partners, and all other significant individuals], and how can I best help those people?

Here are some of the questions I’m most often asked about the BLSR:

What will the Council be like? Will they judge me? My clients consistently describe the Council as completely nonjudgmental and unconditionally loving. Many people say, “They knew everything about me – and they loved everything about me!” Clients report basking in the great unconditional love of the Council and how it’s unlike anything they’ve ever experienced in their current lifetime. On occasion I’ve seen the Council take a firm tone with someone for whom that is the best approach, but even that is done in a profoundly loving manner.

Will I remember the experience? Yes, you will. You are fully conscious during the process. In other words, a portion of your consciousness has the experience, while another portion of your consciousness remains aware at all times of who you are, where you are, who I am, and what we are doing together. Also, I record the interactive part of the session for you, so that you don’t have to remember all the details.

What difference will the session make in my life? That is very much up to you. You can choose to ignore what the Council tells you, or you can choose to apply their wisdom to your life. Often, after the Council makes a particular suggestion to you, I’ll prompt you to ask follow-up questions about how to implement their guidance.

What is the difference between a stand-alone Past Life Soul Regression (PLSR) and the past life portion of the BLSR? The PLSR is very good at providing insight into one specific current life issue of any kind. Sometimes a process known as abreaction occurs. That is, by experiencing the past life origin of a current life issue, there is partial or sometimes complete healing of the issue in the current lifetime. For example, one client, a man in his fifties, had lifelong pain of unknown origin in his left heel. Doctors had never been able to relieve the pain. In a PLSR this client saw himself as a young boy running through a jungle in India. He tripped over a rock, inured his left heal, and was permanently crippled in that lifetime. After the session the pain in his left heel was gone. A month later he wrote to tell me that the pain had not returned. While abreaction can certainly occur in the past life portion of a BLSR, that isn’t the primary intention. The primary intention is to gain insight into how the plan for the current lifetime was shaped by what happened in the past life.

What Is the Purpose of Catastrophic Events?

28 Nov

I’ve received more questions about the pre-birth planning of large-scale, “negative” events. Let’s take as an example the tsunami that hit SE Asia a few years ago. 100,000 people were killed. My understanding is that those souls hoped before they were born that the Earth would be at a certain vibration by a certain point in linear time. These souls agreed before birth that if it looked as though the Earth were not going to get there, they would give their lives in a large-scale, natural disaster, because they knew that the result would be a worldwide outpouring of love and compassion that would raise the Earth’s vibration to the desired frequency.

You may recall that this is exactly what happened. The governments of the world put aside their differences and cooperated to funnel aid to SE Asia. This outpouring of love and compassion raised the frequency of our planet to the level those souls had intended.

You’ve probably heard the expression, “Where you stand depends upon where you sit.” The tsunami is a great example of that expression. If you are a human who “sits” in the third dimension, then where you likely “stand” on the tsunami is that it was a terrible tragedy. If, however, you are a spirit guide who “sits” in the fourth dimension, then where you likely “stand” on the tsunami is that it was a great blessing to our world. Two diametrically opposed viewpoints, both of which are correct from the perspective of the observer.

As you look at the challenges in your own life, see if you can shift from the perspective of the personality to that of your soul. You will see your life in an entirely new light.

How to Discover Your Life Purpose

11 Jul

I’m often asked, “How can I find out what I planned for this lifetime, whether I’m fulfilling my pre-birth plan, and how I may better fulfill it?” One very powerful way to answer these questions is a Between Lives Soul Regression or BLSR.

A form of hypnosis, the BLSR is the type of session chosen most often by my clients. Sessions typically last 3.5 hours; most clients choose to do the session by phone or Skype (which works just as well as in person). We begin with a series of physical and mental relaxation exercises. I then guide you into a past life, one that had a major impact on the plan for your current lifetime. As Spirit shows you scenes from that lifetime, you discover the karma – the unresolved emotions or incomplete goals – that motivated you to plan certain experiences for your current lifetime. Often, clients recognize people in the past life as souls who are with them in their current lifetime. By seeing the past life relationships with those people, you may gain profound insights into issues in the current relationships.

The induction then guides you to the Council of Elders, the wise, loving, and highly evolved beings who oversee reincarnation on Earth. The Council knows everything about you, including your plan for your current lifetime. Talking with the Council can be a life-changing experience, because the Council can answer any question you ask. In addition, the Council sometimes brings in “deceased” loved ones (including pets)with whom you may then talk directly. Recently, I worked with a woman who had lost two family members to suicide. Both came into her meeting with the Council and were able to reassure her that they are well and thriving on the other side. The session was deeply healing for my client.

The Council will often make suggestions as to how you may better fulfill your pre-birth intentions. These suggestions are always made lovingly and with complete nonjudgment. Clients often comment, “They knew everything about me – and they loved everything about me!”

At the end of your discussion with the Council, I ask the Council to provide you with an energetic healing intended to work on all levels – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.

When we come into body, we forget the unconditional love of our nonphysical Home. A BLSR is a powerful way to re-experience that love and learn how to infuse your life path with it.