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.

19 Responses to “The Pre-Birth Plan of The Fonz”

  1. angelsloveyou April 30, 2019 at 2:53 pm #

    I sure would like to know my pre-birth plan for having been born with a cleft palate and having many surgeries as a child causing PTSD, school phobia, over protective mother and agoraphobia. LOL at 83 does it matter anymore?

    • yoursoulsplan April 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm #

      In the Between Lives Soul Regression I offer, you can learn all about your pre-birth plan. For more information please go here:

      • Max April 30, 2019 at 10:24 pm #

        Would love to know if I had a plan, but I think if I had I have made a mess of it. I am 71 and I don’t think I have done anything useful in my life. I cannot afford to travel to distant cities for a life plan reading, nor afford the fees, so I’ll just muddle along and probably have to repeat everything… or refuse to participate any more. It all seems so pointless.

      • yoursoulsplan April 30, 2019 at 10:55 pm #

        Max, I can tell you that if you’re still in body, then there is some great purpose being served by you being here. 🙂

    • Laura April 30, 2019 at 3:28 pm #

      It matters greatly no matter what your age. Being aware that we are here for a reason is a big accomplishment in itself – so many people don’t think beyond what’s on TV. And you are asking this question at precisely the time you were supposed to. Never “too late.”

      • Christine Hoeflich May 1, 2019 at 2:40 am #

        What an awesome response, Laura. You truly get it.

  2. Laura April 30, 2019 at 3:27 pm #

    Love it – thank you.

  3. mariner2mother April 30, 2019 at 4:16 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this story. As a kid in middle and high school, I loved Happy Days and the Fonz. But it wasn’t until my son was diagnosed with dyslexia and I discovered the Hank Zipzer books that I learned about Henry Winkler’s story. They were some of the few stories my son actually enjoyed. What a beautiful example of how a prebirth plan of challenges can spur people to rise up above.

  4. Nanette Gallagher April 30, 2019 at 6:19 pm #

    My grandson was “diagnosed” with dyslexia a few years ago. He’s 10 now and with intensive tutoring he’s now reading at a third grade level. He has been reading Henry’s books ever since we found out!!
    The only person that tells Dylan he’s dumb is his older brother, but he’s been warned about that!! (Older brother stuff, they actually love each other very much!!)
    I’ve believed, from Dylan’s birth, that he will do great things in his life!!!

  5. Suki Shaw April 30, 2019 at 7:14 pm #

    Really lovely story. How gracious of Henry to give permission to access or surmise such a personal history to the public. He is a special person.

  6. Christine Hoeflich May 1, 2019 at 2:42 am #

    Thanks for this blog post Robert!

  7. Keith wilson May 1, 2019 at 9:11 am #

    Wow! Far out!

  8. Jan Boyle May 1, 2019 at 6:01 pm #

    When my youngest son was 6 years old, I had a “dream” of the exact way in which he would die 15 years later when he was 21. The connection between the dream and the painful life circumstances that took place later on are what propelled me on my spiritual journey, immediately realizing how much more there is to our existence than what we can see. Life is an amazing, joyful, painful experience, eh? I cannot wait to remember, once I transition to join him, what agreement we made together. I just cannot imagine a mom making such a painful agreement with her child, and then following through with it!!! Comments are welcome!

    • yoursoulsplan May 1, 2019 at 7:51 pm #

      Jan, in my first book Your Soul’s Plan there’s an entire chapter about the pre-birth planning of the death of a loved one. That may be helpful to you. Also, in the Between Lives Soul Regressions (BLSR) I offer, you can find out what you planned before you were born and why. You can read about (and watch an actual) BLSR here: With love, Rob

  9. Mukesh K. Agrawal May 3, 2019 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Robert,

    Thanks for sharing this story with us. I wish it could be post in hindi so that it will be helpful for so many hindi reader. Although I always read your post and get enlighment about Soul’s Plan.

    Thanks for being with Us

  10. Lisa May 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm #

    Thank you so much for your beautiful and always insightful words. I loved your story about the Fonz. Your book “your souls plan” helped me understand the meaning of my son’s difficult life and death at age 27 of a drug overdose. I truly believe he was a brave soul whose purpose was to help me become more enlightened.

  11. Julie Perry July 4, 2019 at 11:09 pm #

    I’m reading Your Soul’s Plan right now. I’m starting to understand we have a purpose to serve and learn while we are here. You talk about drug addiction, blindness, physical illness, etc. My question is, do you ever talk about adoption? I can understand that my birth mother had to learn about giving me up and the lose of another child. My adopted mother had to learn about not being able to have children. I guess I’m trying to figure out where I stand in all this plan. One thing that has always happened on many occasions, I never question things, I seem to know what to do….

    • yoursoulsplan July 5, 2019 at 12:02 am #

      Julie, my second book Your Soul’s Gift has an entire chapter about the pre-birth planning of adoption 🙂

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