Agreements and Lessons


Agreements and Lessons

12 July 2013


In 2002, my hippie friends that spent the bulk of the Eighties living in an ashram and selling Birkenstocks gave me a book called Transforming Your Dragons: Turning Personality Fear Patterns into Personal Power


Essentially, my ah-ha big takeaway from the book is the idea that, in previous lifetimes, we made “agreements” with people to collide in this lifetime.  The agreement includes a willingness to learn or teach a lesson.  For example, when I was a teenager with a fragile self-esteem, Dwight Hooker came into my life.  Because he listened to me, valued me, celebrated me, and loved me, I started to see my own worth.


On August 6th, 2012, Sunny, a morbidly obese black poodle with Cushing’s Syndrome came to live in the Hooker Horde.  He came in large and in charge and earned the name Mr. Sunny Sunny Bun Bun.  With diet and exercise, The Bun lost weight, inspired the neighbors, hosted his own Facebook page, and wrote an advice column for the Companion Animal magazine.


As an adult, I’ve shared my home with seven dogs.   All of who entered my home as a puppy except the Bun.  I didn’t know I could love a dog that wasn’t “mine.”  But, I fell in love with the Bun.


After the Bun passed away on May 21st, 2013, I heard the term “soul mate” in reference to a dog. 

Mr. Sunny Sunny Bun Bun needed me.  He needed me to smear Vitamin E on his dry nose, give him a healthy diet, teach him to walk again, and love him.


And, I needed him.

I needed him to teach me to love unconditionally.


The Bun and I made an agreement.  We collided during this lifetime to teach each other lessons. . .well, he taught me.  I think he was the Obe-BUN-Kenobe and already knew everything. 


For me, the idea that we made agreements to help each other through this lifetime helps.  Whether good or bad, it makes it easier when I think that I agreed to the lesson. 


About Julie Hooker

I'm a teacher, writer, and editor. In addition, I'm an animal rescuer, yogi, and friend.
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