Thursday, August 18, 2016

"Stories of Success": Jefferson Harman--artist of the ether

Jefferson Harman is a Symbolic Intuitive, Dream Interpreter, TV/Radio Personality, Artist, Musician & Writer currently co-hosting “Dreaming With…” on, with Adam Rothenberg of “Call Me Adam.” He is a recurring guest on 1520 AM WCHE Radio’s "Life Unedited" with host John Aberle, where he interprets the dreams of people who call in to the show. 

In this interview, Jefferson shares how he cultivated a powerful connection with energy from a very young age, and how he combines this innate knowledge with his love of music, theatre and art to help others, and live a life that most of us could only dream.

Tell us about what you do. We'll call this your life path/career.
I’m a dream interpreter. I co-host on a TV show and I am a radio personality, where I interpret the dreams of others. I teach workshops, do public speaking engagements, and offer private consultations. I help people overcome their phobias, depression, anxiety… I would say I’m a teacher, although I have never been certified. You could say I’m a counselor, but I’ve never been licensed, so I would never call myself that. And yet, for years therapists have asked me to consult on their clients. I never took a psychology course in school. I just had this knowing from when I was very young. As I grew, I learned to articulate it. I was always listening to people’s problems and offering advice. I’m talking as far back as when I was three. And frankly, I never stopped.

How did you first know that this was your life path/career?

It wasn’t for a long time. I am a musician and artist first and foremost, although that is not where the emphasis is currently in my life. I’ve been an active listener and observer since I was a child. I’ve always been a healer on one level or another, as I’ve always believed in the healing power of art and music. I knew even at a very young age that music and vibration transmitted the power of healing like nothing else. Simultaneously, I was hyper-aware of my dream state because of a nightmare I had at age three. Over time, I developed an intuitive, conversational ability to communicate with my “higher self.” I started interpreting my own dreams, then those of friends and then acquaintances, and for many years I have professionally interpreted dreams for total strangers with a very high level of accuracy, based on the reactions of the people I interpret for.

 Tell us a bit about the journey. How did you get from Point A to where you are today?

As I said, I had this nightmare that really stayed with me for a long time. I still recall images from it today. It was clearly nothing I could have seen as a child, so I wanted to know what it was. Where did it come from? Why was I seeing these images? I began to observe correlations between my dreams and my waking life. Of course, I could not articulate this at that time… but I had an awareness, not fully formed, but it was there. So I just observed. I watched my dreams, my life, other people, and it all started to make sense.

What are your greatest talents/strengths? Weaknesses? How do you balance your strengths and weaknesses in your work?

Jefferson Harman
I majored in music and theatre in college. I have been an actor most of my life. That helps when I am consulting with someone about a dream and I need to put myself in their shoes. I can take random bits of information and connect the dots on things that others cannot see for themselves. I am not good at math, but I can add random columns of numbers into a single digit with lightning speed. It’s an aspect of learning numerology when I was 11, coupled with dyslexia. The latter made it enormously difficult to read when I was younger, so I watched everything instead. That gave me a keen sense of observation, and all of these things in concert help inform how I see the world around me.

What do you like to do in your spare time? How do your hobbies compliment your life path/career?

I work out. I used to work at a gym and with a personal trainer, but these days I tend to work out in more social settings like Zumba. I’ve always enjoyed interacting with other people and working out in a group is a lot of fun. I’ve been folding origami since I was nine and  I teach a workshop in using origami as a meditation tool to promote world peace. I’m also a singer/songwriter. Without the eye of the artist and the ear of the musician, I could not do what I do in dream interpretation. They go hand in hand.

Where do you see yourself headed in the future?

I would love to see the radio and TV shows go nationwide. I have no illusions of becoming a celebrity, I just want to be able to do what I do and make a good living at it. The goal has always been to help people. I am doing public speaking, and I would like to do more of that.

What's up next for you, not just in your life path/career, but also in other aspects of your life?
I’ve been writing and composing since I was 14, and once we get the shows to a broader audience, I would like to go back in the studio and begin recording again. I recorded two albums, and produced for other artists, and I do miss that.

How is doing what you love today helping you reach those life goals?

I completely believe in the new TV show and love working with the other people involved, especially Adam. I’m still working on the book. I think once that’s published a lot of new opportunities will come my way. I certainly hope so.

Hindsight being 20/20 what would you do differently?

I always knew I wanted to sing and write for other artists. But the music publishing world was so fiercely competitive, and I entered the arena at a time when there were enormous changes going on. If I had to do it all again, I would have continued performing live anywhere I could, pretty much every day I could manage. I would have started submitting my work at a much younger age. I had natural self confidence when I was a kid that got bullied out of me. It took a long time to gain it back, and when I did, a lot of opportunities were already past. I have always known I wanted to be a healer one way or another, so I just took a different path and ended up here. But my passion was always to help others, and I’ve done that as well as I could.

What advice might you give others looking to follow their passion to their personal life path/career?

It’s tough at times because while you’re doing what you love, life is constantly throwing you curve balls. You just need to persevere. And be kind. I had a lot of anger over the unfairness of the world. I had to let go of a lot of that. It can help to get you out of a stuck place, but that can come at a huge price. If you want to get anywhere with the work you truly love, be kind. And be grateful. I know I am.

Jefferson is available for private consultations and public speaking engagements. He conducts workshops on various topics including Dream Interpretation,  Overcoming Your Phobias, Why Cursive is Crucial (Analog vs.Digital), and The Healing Power of the Mind.

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