Everyone takes this journey….
What's your first step?

Hi, My name is Ron Phillips and welcome to my website.
I dig a good story! In fact that’s about all I can listen to for long.
My life’s work is all about the transmission of information through the medium of stories.

30 years ago, I got together with Dan Brewer and he transcribed a collection of stories that I had been telling groups of kids in the residential treatment facility I was running in California. This developed into my first book, Gem of the First Water.

When I told the story I recognised that this was the perfect conduit for communicating with kids on the ‘other side of their attitude’. I couldn’t go through the ‘front door’ with these young people, so, aided by my stories, I took all these precious healing themes and principles, and a bunch of beautiful word pictures and I climbed in the bathroom window! And once you’re in the house it kinda doesn’t matter how you got in!

The Storyteller - A Film About Ron Phillips

A message to purchasers

My life’s work is now consolidated in kit form and ready for public use.

I believe the Gem Journey curriculum will equip you to live your best self-life. My theory on the composition of self is the foundation for the curriculum and offers a new and easy way to know and understand ourselves.

The Gem Journey guides you towards fulfilling Socrates great challenge to ‘know thy self’, requiring you to gain insight into the eight elements common to everyone.

The elements of our humanity are: Time, Mind, Emotions, Behaviour, self-Image, Decisions, self-Awareness, and our Dance.

This curriculum is appropriate for everyone; all ages, genders, all ethnicities, all religions, rich and poor, because the lessons are lessons in living a healthy life.

For example, the first major lesson of the Gem Journey curriculum is how to command your present moment in time, the moment in time where all of us live. It’s not earlier this morning nor is it later today; it’s right now, this present moment and it’s this moment that you must command.

Everything in your life happens within the context of this moment and it is the instant in time that is absolutely essential to control because it is the exact instant where decisions are made, intent and behaviours are determined and anger is managed.

Conversely, if it is ignored, the failure to control our time results in all manner of dysfunction. When you learn how to be in command of this grace moment you have a skill set to be in charge of your entire life.

Each of the major lessons teaches a specific model or rule that will equip you with a skill set to manage that element.

Once you have a basic understanding of the elements that make you the person you are, and you practice your skills, you will be equipped to live your life with ZOE a lifestyle of purpose, fun and enthusiasm for now and hope for the future.

My claim and promise is that when all of the lessons are understood and put into practice you will be your best self.

Yes, the acquisition of Identity can now be taught.

The kits represent my best effort at introducing my theory and the curriculum to the general public. They have been thoroughly trialled and tested at the ‘coal face’ of mental health for thirty-six years; the lessons have stood the test of time and application.

The information provided in this kit is extensive and will require your best effort to understand the scope and depth of the material. The curriculum is a comprehensive course and will require your concerted effort, there are no short cuts.

There is no special information held back (reserved for an expensive seminar) nope, it’s all within the kits. The lessons are what they are, clearly articulated and ready for you to use.  

Obviously the kits are for adults to use (Children are the target audience). It will be those adults: parents, teachers, therapists, individuals who are challenged and excited by my claims, inspired with the possibilities the curriculum offers and who are not put off by the work, nor afraid to take up this challenge who will effectively pass these lessons on to children and others.

The kits are priced at the cost of a cheap and cheerful dinner; a cost soon forgotten, yet the Gem Journey will continue providing hours of personal and family, instruction, bonding and entertainment. Imagine the impact on you and your family if the lessons become your family ethos.

I have no idea what will happen next, obscurity or notoriety? (Thomas Merton’s prayer) either way my plan is the same; I’m going to have a blast living the remaining chapters of my life.

Arise stand up start your journey

Ron Phillips

The kits are only being sold from my website any other source is pirated.

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The elements of a healthy identity

Adolescence is a pivotal time in a person’s life. The time where we decide who we are and who we will be. Where Identity is formed. Often young people make uninformed decisions during adolescence that derail their lives.

The Gem Journey is a unique, fully articulated, ready to use curriculum that teaches the acquisition of Identity. By achieving the 8 Elements of healthy identity, revealed during the journey, adolescents can finally be equipped to find their very best selves.

Originally Therapeutic Storytelling Intervention (TSI) was developed as a tool to engage with ‘society’s children’, using well crafted stories as a vehicle to deliver ageless life principles to young minds, who were already wary of listening to adults and had their fill of ‘professionals’ telling them to re-think their lives.

Employing intuitive themes and real life scenarios, the story equips your children, your students or your clients to internalise essential developmental understandings. Through hearing and discussing the story they acquire the building blocks of a healthy identity and gain mastery over anger, impulsivity and other forms of behavioural dysfunction. And all before they know it!

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Adolescence is a pivotal time in a person’s life. The time where we decide who we are and who we will be. Where Identity is formed. Often young people make uninformed decisions during adolescence that derail their lives.

The Gem Journey is a unique, fully articulated, ready to use curriculum that teaches the acquisition of Identity. By achieving the 8 Elements of healthy identity, revealed during the journey, adolescents can finally be equipped to find their very best selves.

Originally Therapeutic Storytelling Intervention (TSI) was developed as a tool to engage with ‘society’s children’, using well crafted stories as a vehicle to deliver ageless life principles to young minds, who were already wary of listening to adults and had their fill of ‘professionals’ telling them to re-think their lives.

Employing intuitive themes and real life scenarios, the story equips your children, your students or your clients to internalise essential developmental understandings. Through hearing and discussing the story they acquire the building blocks of a healthy identity and gain mastery over anger, impulsivity and other behavioural dysfunction. And all before they know it!

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Major lessons of the Gem Journey Curriculum

At this point in my vocational career my strongest desire is teaching my students how to master the eight elements of self. Because I sincerely believe if they understand and learn to control each aspect of their lives using these lessons they will be ready and equipped to enjoy the greatest adventure of their lives, their life! The Journey offers each student the opportunity of getting to know themselves, understand themselves and learn the life skills to be in control of their lives.

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