Dear Friend and Fellow ARE Member:
Please allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Robert Schwartz.  I am an author in Chicago writing a book about why souls choose prior to incarnation to experience certain challenges in their lives.  I'm looking for people to interview for the book and would greatly appreciate it if you would forward this message to those on your ARE mailing list.
I would like to interview people who know why their soul selected (before birth) the specific challenges they have faced in life.  This book grew out of my own personal spiritual awakening and a desire to write something spiritually meaningful.
This project is an opportunity for people to share stories that may inspire others who face similar challenges.  The book is intended to help people see purpose in suffering that may appear to be arbitrary and meaningless.
If you might like to be interviewed, or for more information, please contact me DIRECTLY at  
In your email, please introduce yourself (first name, age, gender, location, profession, anything else you care to share), and please address the following questions:
What are the major challenges you face or have faced in life?
Why did you choose prior to incarnation to experience these challenges?
How do you know this?
Have you had any spiritual or metaphysical experiences?  If so, please describe.
Are you able to speak directly with Spirit (discarnate entities)?  If so, please describe.
I fully understand and respect the fact that you may wish to know something about me before you address such personal questions.  I am more than willing to talk about myself and my background with anyone who contacts me.
It is my intention to conduct this research with the utmost honor and integrity.  Discretion and confidentiality are very important to me.  Please note that I do not need to use real names in the book.  You will decide whether or not your real name will be used.
If you know anyone who may have this type of knowledge and who might like to participate, please refer them to this message or to my web page at <>
I expect to be working on this project well into 2005, so please feel free to contact me even in the "distant" future.
Thank you.
Robert Schwartz