The Positions in the Iris


Denny Johnson realized that the trees are all pointing up the mountain.i.e the iris is indicating your path of evolution up the mountain. The positions and their lessons are there for your development. There is a gift with the lesson.

There are 7 trigger positions that can lead to hemisphere shift. The brain has a left and a right hemisphere. If one of the trigger positions in the left eye has a jewel or a flower then it may lead to a shift from right brain dominance to left brain dominance or from left to right brain dominance. It is good to keep in mind that those with a Flower type iris have a tendency to shift to the more focused, rational left brain. While those with a Jewel iris pattern tend to move to the more expansive right brain to better experience emotions. 

#1: Nurturing

Keywords: Positive: The ability to initiate social affection, Intelligence/vocabulary and I.Q., Serving, Unconditional Caring, Affectionate, Independence.

Negative: Expecting rejection, Withdrawn, Loner, Non initiating of social contact.

Lesson: Unconditional giving-not expecting a return.

If a flower is present here it indicates a perception of absence of nurturing, with the eye parent. The parent may have been absent as in a single parent situation. Or there is a sense of not being nurtured by the parent. There is a feeling of pain at not being nurtured or loved. There is a sense of a lack of touch and hugs. There may be a fear of rejection which creates rejection from others. Remember it is the perception of the client. The parent may feel that they did nurture the child while the child feels the parent wasn’t there for them. For example the parent gave lots of material nurturing rather than emotional. Often this position indicates that the parent worked long hours or was away a lot. Maybe the parent was absent but there is no mark in N. i.e. this is not a life lesson. The person may be a flower iris type and the parents did love them but didn’t say this. Flowers take in the world auditorily.

A flower in L iris will trigger a shift to the L brain, "I don’t need anyone", and a closing down of the R brain, which may be their strength. "I don’t need anyone "which develops self reliance. Most flowers go to the L brain to develop strength, stability, community. Or they may do a negative shift and become isolated,"no-one loves me". It is common for a flower iris to have a flower in nurturing. This is because one of the main lessons for any flower is to learn to stand alone/be independent by accessing their inner strength. It is like a sacred contract with the parents.

If a Jewel in the nurturing position it indicates a generational family pattern if you wish to be loved you have to work for it. E.g. workaholics to get love/approval. There may have been prizes/rewards for good behavior in the family- ice-cream, a car for graduation etc. It can create the belief"I’m only worthy when I’m working". The experience is that no matter how much you work you never get the love that you desire. Others just expect you to do a lot of the work. Often you don’t see the approval from those around you-it doesn't register with you. These individuals are often very talented and try to please others. They are excellent employees. E.g. a woman with a jewel in N in R eye will work very hard for a male boss. They will try to please their partner , attempt to get a teachers approval. A jewel in N doesn’t cause a shift but actually pulls you into the same hemisphere.

The lesson is to affirm that I am worthwhile just as I am, to love self and others unconditionally and to nurture others without expectations.

The gift of this position is that it often enhances the person’s opposite hemisphere function. E.g. flower in R eye N will increase the right hemisphere function and lead to increased creativity. A flower in N in L eye has the effect of directing the flow of energy upwards into the mental areas of the iris. This is exactly the need of the emotional flower, to develop mental focus and some mental control of the spontaneous feelings. At the same time the flower in N causes a hemisphere shift to the more constrictive L brain to increase logic and attention to detail and all the other L brain abilities.



Position #2: Resentment/Forgiveness and Recognition/Approval.


Positive: Forgiveness, Ability to receive love, Humanitarian, Observant.

Negative: Resentment, Fear of failure, Restlessness.

Mostly a jewel and indicates feeling the absence of approval or recognition or connection with the family. The absence causes the child to look for recognition from the parent. It creates internalization and originality-it pushes them inside and ultimately they come out with some talent or desire to help others. It broadens their vision. It creates a deep desire for the healing of humanity. The lack of bonding with the parent(s) creates a desire for social service. The person goes within, develops originality and eventually uses the originality as a bridge to reconnect with the society and gain recognition from many others.

There is often a lack of acknowledgement of the child’s focus, path, journey or choices re career. E.g. "why don’t you be a doctor rather than a rayid practitioner?"

Lesson=forgiveness i.e. accept our parent and allow ourselves the freedom to pursue our dreams.

Mostly Fathers eye, indicating that Fr. didn’t acknowledge them for who they are .This leads to feeling of resentment. E.g. you get 99/100 and your father says what about the other mark. There is an absence of praise for achievement, what you do for a living. This sign leads to a rejection of the family and going internal and later out into the world to serve the greater humanity. I.e. there is now recognition from many others. This is based on the child’s perception. They may never feel loved no matter how much love you give to them-since the lesson is absence of recognition. As they go within to dream and imagine they may connect with their inner genius.

Parents can help by having no expectation of the child, by letting them be who they wish to be. E.g. 1boy-let him dream, lie on the beach, imagine and he may become an artist 5 years later. It is important to acknowledge and accept children for who they are with no agenda for them. Let them be who they are. This gives them confidence and belief.

This Position (#2) is particularly active during teen years when there is often the first step toward independence from the parents.

Position #3: Grace/ Anger/Rivalry-usually with a sibling.

Positive: Ability for self control and spontaneity, Passion, Graceful movement.

Negative: Anger, Hostility, Rivalry, Envy. Competition (excess).

A flower here indicates the parent was angry or they have anger towards the parent. If the flower is diamond shape the parent may have a violent temper. Anger is passion. We don’t have to get rid of. Energy is neutral; we just have to redirect the energy towards positive goals and what one is passionate about.

A flower here is an inherited tendency to direct emotional expression towards other people, as in blaming.

The anger pattern is there to shift hemispheres. E.g. to let go of mental control and cool down in the R hemisphere. Or Gain mental control of the emotions in the L hemisphere.

A flower in both eyes in #3 leads to blaming self.

A jewel here means jealousy, rivalry, competition with siblings for parental attention. Left eye =sister, Right eye=brother. The parent may be very competitive and may like to win against the child. Close to the pupil is a mental rivalry, control, holding on. Further to the periphery is physical rivalry, holding on. The jewel here is a present generation trait.

The rivalry pattern may be emphasized in larger families and may additionally indicate a fear of poverty. This can be understood as the parents reacting to 'another mouth to feed' and consciously or unconsciously being concerned about providing for the new child. The child may take on this concern on a subliminal level.



Position 7: Concern

Positive: Touching, Family orientated, Protective.

Negative: Over nurturing, overbearing, smother, insulated.

Fear of letting go.

Jewel: The parent had a protective attitude about the child’s movement. A protective attitude about where you are going, who you are with etc. The eye parent may have been protective and now you are concerned about the welfare of someone and have a protective, providing nature. This may be towards the client’s son or daughter.

Flower: Similar to #1 it indicates a standoffish nature. The individual will tend to push away anyone who gets too close, rather than just keeping away (#6, independence). It is more actively pushing away because area 7 is closed to the kinesthetic line running thru the iris.

Positions # 8 (ages 0-4) and 11 ( while in the womb):

Originality, belonging, follow through, approval, acceptability.

Negative=worry, futility, unplanned baby.

Any large J from positions #1 around to # 11 is some kind of resentment issue.

Denny usually just says "pain with Father or Mother" depending on the eye.

With #8 the child might have felt resented from crying too much, wetting the bed, making too much noise, creating financial pressure.

With #11 the origin was while the child was in the womb and the parent(s) resented some aspect of the pregnancy.

Position 9: Gestation

Relates to difficult, unusual births.

Trouble beginning projects or staying with 3 months.



Position 12: Achievement

Usually a J and indicates from the parent about the child’s direction in life, long term goals. The parent may worry or be impatient about this.

The child responds by feeling restless or uncertain about his future. He may become indecisive and extremely meticulous as compensation. He will have a tendency to be impatient about the future and worry about what will happen.

Relates to immediate choices too: "What should I do right now, and how am I going to resolve this?"

A J in any of #9,#12, #17 increases the mental nature , often as a response to unresolved anxiety. The anxiety may create a restlessness of mind and body.

Position #14:

Timing /Patience.

Impatience with others, external timing- not feeling part of the rhythm of the world. Being told when growing up "why don’t you hurry up?" Expression of the body via hyperactivity or dance.

Often a flower here.

Highly creative area; self confidence.

Interest in dance, rhythm, timing, movement i.e. gift of. Fluidity of movement. Send them to dance classes. In the L eye the interest is in flowing abstract, musical dance.

In the R eye-marching, gymnastics and more precise type of dance to get them moving.

May always run late, not in the rhythm of what is happening. Never say you have two left feet. Never judge these positions as they relate to self esteem. Never criticize a child’s creativity.

L eye- more flowing, expansive movement.

Denny: Patience, large motor skills, timing, balance, coordination, craftsmanship, serenity, stillness.

Negative=restlessness, impatience, irritability, sarcasm, contempt.

The parent is impatient with the child’s rate of progression in life or the individual has impatience with someone of the eye sex. The eye parent may be demanding and perfectionist.

Position 13: Common sense, Practicality, Meticulousness, Perfectionist, Judgmental toward the eye sex.

Usually a jewel that creates mental frustration, mental impatience or a tendency to examine things in great detail, precision.(I.e. fire element)

Highly specific tastes in music.

R eye=meticulousness with words, sharp sarcastic wit and tongue.

L eye= meticulousness with timing and rhythm,images and music.

No longer a trigger position.

Common sense, meticulous.


Position 14: Impatience/timing/ Dance/ Large motor skills.

The eye parent may have been impatient and said "hurry up". Concern about the child’s career-to get established.

Strong likes/dislikes about dancing/movement/certain music with innate sense of timing.

Position 15: Writing skill.

Perfectionism: creativity, words, writing, encouraging, assurance, flexibility, tolerance.

Neg.=intolerance, stifled, impatience.

L eye=creative writing.

R eye=technical writing.

Self esteem ,along with 16.

#15 is a pivot between lateral and medial creativity.

It is a cross over between #14 (gross motor skills, others, "hurry up") and #16 (fine motor skills, individuality, "slow down")

Position 16:

Creativity, Self-esteem. Fine motor skills.

A flower denotes the absence of self esteem but contains a creative gift which if used increases the self-esteem.

"Slow down"-opposite to area 14.

The most common position. Position #16 dramatically affects the whole personality. A flower of J here slows down the function of the whole hemisphere and can inhibit the ability to enter into the behavior linked to the hemisphere. This affects the attitudes to men or women. It usually began with the way the eye parent viewed them self.

If J at perimeter=doubt their physical security, fear of physical assault.

A J in the L eye = fear of abstract phenomenon .e.g. dark.

R eye =dexterity of hands. Pen/ink drawing, craftsmanship

L eye= gift with colour coordination, water colour painting, creative expression.

#16 is very creative but there may be a lack of self esteem to bring to fruition. If the parents encourage the expression of the gift the self esteem grows.

N.B as we move from the lateral to the medial of the iris we are going more from external to internal life.

Position 17: Trust, "Miracle position"- doorway, capacity for the soul to enter and exit; may mean a fear of death and change.

There may be an insecurity within oneself and a worry pattern of constantly going over something that is creating insecurity.

There is a mistrust of the eye sex and the whole hemisphere.

(Any J in the the areas from 5 to 21 creates worry / insecurity)

If J= need to get out of analytical frustration.

If Fl=self doubt, loss of self esteem from insecurity.

Gift of #17;

Faith/ trust

Warrior/ courage.

Ability to bond.

Positions 18, 19 ,20: 0 to 7 years of age.

#18 = 0- 2 years.

#19= 2-5 years.

#20= 6,7 years.

Fear of going to sleep, of the dark, being alone, abuse, at night.

Fear of spiders, bogey man, dirt etc.

Origin of 18 and 19 is potty training where there was xs punishment for some loss of control of self like bed wetting or spilling drinks etc.

E.g. if someone was punished for slamming the door then there will be anxiety when closing a door.

J= "shut up" etc. punishment for making too much noise.


Positive: Speaking ability, Influential, Persuasive, Ability to heal with the voice, Singing ability, Healing, Soothing voice.

Negative: Verbal manipulation, Guile, Trickery.

#31 Counsel.

Positive: Counseling, Consoling, Narrating, Communication.

Negative: Shrewdness, Cunning, Foxy.

#43 Will

Positive: Cooperation with others, Enthusiasm, Leadership, Tenacious, Decisive, Will Power, Zeal.

Negative: Opinionated, Domineering/ Submissive(flower), Non cooperative, Disobedient, Unwilling to share.

A Jewel here may indicate rebellious child.

A flower may be submissive and rebel later as they try to find their own identity.

#45 Heart

Positive: Vocal expression of love, Joy, laughter, Happiness, Generosity.

Negative: Fear of commitment, Absence of verbal expression of love in the family.

Lesson: Verbalize love.