Jerry Dean is the founder of Harmony House, an organization that provides, workshops, seminars, speaker events publications, retreats and media that focuses on the self-empowerment and transformation of the individual. The Harmony House fellowship, set to launch in the summer of 2021, is poised to grow into one of the world's largest membership organizations, providing a fresh and stimulating social, educational and entertainment platforms for all.
Dean was the publisher and co-owner of the Northern New Jersey edition of Natural Awakenings Magazine from 2012 to 2020, a cutting-edge holistic health magazine and part of a national franchise of over 70 independently-owned publications. While at the helm, Dean experienced the therapeutic benefits of numerous holistic healing modalities that played a significant part in his own recovery from childhood trauma, addiction and destructive relationship and behavior patterns.
The various energy clearing modalities, shamanic healing and adopting a lifestyle of exercising effective self-care and maintaining rigorous honesty, led Dean to continue "peeling off the layers" and to examine his history and that of his maternal and paternal ancestry. He soon identified the trauma patterning present within several generations in both ancestral lines. Dean learned from relatives that his maternal grandparents both suffered life-changing traumas in separate incidents in Europe during World War II. This directly impacted their relationship with their three children to such an extent that the effects of their undiagnosed and untreated transgenerational war trauma remained glaringly present in their children and grandchildren.
Dean's radical transformation developed within him a highly-tuned awareness and intuition, as well as an uncanny ability to connect details to clearly understand what is truly occurring both on the surface and within the subconscious mind of his clients. His vast and intimate knowledge of the mechanics and patterns associated with the effects of unresolved trauma allows him to create the rapid changes his private session clients typically enjoy. He states, "When one becomes truly ready and motivated to change or even completely reinvent themselves, the tools, information, people, organization, publications, modality, program or methods will appear to support and guide that person through their process."
The Upcoming Book Release
Dean is currently writing his first book, Tainted Love (working title) , set to be published December 2020 under his publishing company, Sun Mountain Press. The book chronicles his challenging childhood and youth in rough-and-tumble blue-collar havens Jersey City and Bayonne, New Jersey, in the 70's and 80's, and at age 16, his move to the affluent suburbs of Bergen county, where he soon befriended the most troubled youths in and out of Bergenfield High School, including the two young men whose self-inflicted deaths ignited a fierce, unrelenting media circus on the quiet borough. As the insanity climaxed in 1987 with continued hard drug and a brand of unpredictable, destructive behavior that continued to escalate and eventually fueled what was trumpeted by local and national news as, "a suicide pact" between four Bergenfield teenagers. The two young men involved in the tragedy were close friends of Dean. Click here to see the New York Times article.
Years later, Dean is confronted by his own demons and finally admits to himself that he must change in order to avoid either an early death, prison or living out the rest of his life in the misery of recurring emotional turmoil. With much self-introspection and the assistance of his now former wife, and healing practitioners he met while publishing Natural Awakenings magazine, and the therapeutic use of Ayahuasca, a psychoactive plant medicine used by shamans in the Amazon, Dean completely recovered from his traumas, their related patterns and emotional issues.
In his book, Dean cuts through the psycho-babble and digs in deep to unravel the simple and fairly common behavior dynamics and patterns that currently plague many families to varying degrees of severity. Exposure to these dynamics and their associated patterns cause trauma, especially in young psyches, and can eventually lead children into addiction, depression, anxiety, destructive relationship patterns, running away from home, promiscuity, crime, domestic violence, abduction, narcissism, hopelessness, prostitution, prisons, institutions and a premature death by suicide and other means.
At the core of our society's long, dysfunctional history is the issue of transgenerational trauma, a seldom-discussed phenomenon that effects each and every person on this planet. We pass on traumas to the next generation because we have not taken responsibility to resolve our own traumas prior to bearing children. These traumas typically span over the course of many generations, thereby rendering blame obsolete, and if we are fortunate, the pain and discord we experience as a result of the traumas in our life will eventually compel us to resolve the dynamics that too often keep us trapped in patterns that render us frustrated, fearful, addicted, unhappy, ungrounded and unfulfilled. Dean's story of recovery from child abuse, emotional abandonment, drug abuse, addictions and destructive relationship patterns provide the reader with fresh, compelling insights into the mechanics of abuse and how they shape the psyche and behavior patterns of children and adults. The book provides a basic framework that all can follow to begin the journey of recovery from unresolved trauma stemming from physical, emotional and sexual abuse and begin to cultivate a life of expansive joy, fulfillment and harmony.
An Inspirational Podcast is Born
In similar fashion, entrepreneur Jerry Dean and 36-year, veteran energy practitioner, Dr. Robert Kandarjin, use their podcast radio show as a platform to cut through the psycho-babble and fluff to deliver real, effective, time-tested solutions to assist those serious about cultivating peace, harmony and success in every facet of life. After fully recovering from his physical, emotional and sexual traumas, Dean is now living an empowered life. He shares his experience, strength and wisdom via his podcast, workshops, speaker events, personal appearances and his upcoming book.
Welcome to the Jungle
In 1969, the 2 year old Dean, and his 24 year-old parents, immigrated to the U.S. from Communist Czechoslovakia 14 months after Soviet Union led Warsaw Pact troops initiated an invasion in 1968 to crack down on reformist trends in Prague. The young family left the country with only two suitcases and a thick, orange wool blanket, and soon crossed the Austrian border to freedom, and eventually found their way to a refugee camp in the quaint, little town of Traiskirchen. With the support of the Austrian government, they soon received travel vouchers for a flight to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City.
In his book, Tainted Love, Dean tells the tale of emigrating to America with his parents and settling in the distressed Communipaw section of Jersey City, New Jersey, and soon after moving to the bordering city of Bayonne, a similar rough and tumble, ultra-blue collar city just across the river from Manhattan. By age 10, Dean was smoking cigarettes, engaging in petty theft and spending most of his time outside of school and home on the streets. By age 11, he developed a marijuana habit, and by age 13, was drinking socially and periodically binge drinking. At age 16, Dean's parents moved to the suburbs when he was 16 and settled in Bergenfield, New Jersey. Dean tried cocaine for the first time in 1985 while at his senior prom, and four months later was using cocaine and binge drinking every weekend with various friends from the borough. Around this time, his close friend, Thomas Rizzo, started smoking crack cocaine and introduced the drug to Joseph Major, a mutual friend of both men. Another friend, Thomas Olton, was also on the scene indulging in his fair share of drugs and alcohol. Olton was a childhood friend of Rizzo and from the same neighborhood. The two eventually wound up smoking crack together on a regular basis.
In September of 1986, while Dean was stationed at a technical school on an Air Force base in Boulder, Colorado, Joe Major either intentionally jumped or inadvertently fell to his death from the Palisades Cliffs in Fort Lee, New Jersey. The former presents a sound theory, as it was known amongst the friends he ran with that Major was "getting bad on crack." For him, the weekend binges were soon joined by frequent weeknight treks into the Washington Heights section of Manhattan to buy crack to support his growing habit. However, a seemingly darker cloud sitting over Major's head was the threat of mandatory prison time for a potential third assault conviction. The incident arose from Major assisting his best friend in assaulting the boyfriend of his mother. It was retribution for the boyfriend beating her after a conflict between them escalated and spun out of control. If convicted, it would be Major's third assault conviction as an adult, and this would trigger New Jersey's habitual offender statute mandating incarceration.
Six months after Joseph Major's death and four nights after Dean last socialized with the two men, Tom Rizzo and Tom Olton, along with sisters Lisa and Cheryl Burress, committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning inside a vacant garage in the Foster Village apartment complex in Bergenfield, New Jersey.
In his book, Dean cuts through the psycho-babble to the bone and digs in deep to unravel the family dynamics and patterns that plague many families to varying levels of severity. These dynamics and their associated patterns can lead our children into addiction, depression, anxiety, destructive relationship patterns, running away from home, promiscuity, crime, violence, hopelessness, prostitution, prison, institutions and a premature death by suicide or other means.
At the core of our society's long, dysfunctional history is the issue of transgenerational trauma, a seldom-discussed phenomenon that effects each and every person on this planet. We pass on trauma to the next generation because we have not taken responsibility and action to resolve our own traumas prior to bearing children. These traumas typically span over the course of many generations, thereby rendering blame obsolete, and if we are fortunate, the pain and discord we experience as a result of our traumas will eventually compel us to resolve the lifestyle dynamics that too often keep us trapped in patterns that render us frustrated, fearful, unhappy and unfulfilled. Dean's account of his recovery from child abuse, emotional abandonment, drug abuse and destructive relationship patterns provide the reader with fresh, compelling insights into the mechanics of abuse and how they shape the psyche and behavior patterns of children both in childhood and adulthood. The book also provides an effective framework that everyone can follow to begin or support their journey of recovery from trauma and its many symptoms and begin to cultivate a life of expansive joy, fulfillment and harmony.
It is common that the family, friends and community are often baffled when a young person commits suicide or dies from an drug overdose. It is now only coming to light that most addictions are the symptom of emotional abandonment and other abuses by one or both parents. Emotional, physical and sexual abuse is typically present in the subjects of most suicide cases. Excessive parental control, expectations and manipulation are also forms of abuse that can leave scars on young psyches that can last for decades. Less severe symptoms vary and can present as anxiety, depression, OCD, negative self-image, defeating self-narrative and destructive, abusive, conflict or drama-centered relationships. These symptoms are typically the result of unresolved trauma or PTSD and its associated behavior patterns that often wreak havoc in our lives for many years until we are ready to change.
"Those that come from abusive homes are children of chaos and architects of adversity." —Jerry Dean
About the Harmony House Name
After Dean and his wife separated in 2016, he moved from his former marital home in Bloomfield, New Jersey, to a quiet apartment building in a very serene neighborhood in Teaneck, New Jersey. About a year and a half after the move, Dean began to frequently notice the letters "HH" on automobile license plates. This eventually became so common that he asked the cosmos what it meant. Weeks later, Dean was leaving home to run errands and on the next block he noticed that three of the four cars parked there had license plates containing the letters "HH". Upon seeing this, Dean offered up the question to the heavens once again and then it finally clicked. A year and a half earlier, Dean visited his mild interest in Numerology by summing up his street address: 780 = 7 + 8 + 0 = 15 = 1 + 5 = 6. His apartment number was also # 6. The number six in Numerology represents harmony. Because his building was quiet and his block and neighborhood were very serene, Dean nicknamed his building Harmony House silently in his mind. Dean states, "I did the majority of my trauma recovery work while living and running the magazine business alone in my harmonious building and neighborhood. Through my recovery work, I was able to cultivate a similar harmony within myself, and now everywhere I go, and everything I do becomes an extension of the harmony that is now the default state of my mindset and in turn, my day-to-day reality as well."
About the Dragonfly Icon
In July of 2013, Dean experienced a significant shift or awakening after he began trauma recovery work with local practitioners. Soon after, he began to witness the frequent presence of dragonflies in his midst during the warmer months. This phenomenon continues to occur.
The ancient concept of animal guides, particularly prominent in some indigenous religions and cultures, especially Native American, was also adopted in Pagan and Wiccan spirituality in the 1990s. In these contexts, spirit animals are presented literally, referring to spiritual guides or totems that take the form of animals.
Power Animals are regarded as guides who appear in dreams or vision quests in the form of an animal. Power Animals, or spirit guides, walk through different stages of life with a person, teaching and guiding them, and in some instances protecting them.
The dragonfly is generally associated with the symbolic meaning of transformation. Here are common meanings for this animal totem:
- Change and transformation
- Joy, lightness of being
- Symbol of the realm of emotions, invitation to dive deeper into your feeling
- Being on the lookout for illusions and deceits, whether are external or personal
- Connection with nature’s spirits, fairies realms