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!

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!

An Overview of the Gem Journey

The Gem Journey is based on my theory that ‘we humans’ are composed of eight unique elements or aspects of our lives that need to be understood and mastered.

Each Element is unique and independent, yet totally integrated and working in synergy with the other elements to comprise our identity, the ‘sum of self’, the person we are.

Each Element has the potential to contribute to the sum of self in either a positive OR negative manner. With each Element we are presented with a dilemma: We can either learn to control it or ignore it.

Our whole self is comprised of our Time, Mind, Heart, Behaviour, Self-image, Decisions, Self-awareness and our ‘Dance’.

To achieve Identity each Element of Self must be understood, and the dilemma each Element presents must be brought under personal control.

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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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