Four Main Iris Types:

Jewel: Dots, concentrations of colour.Thinking and visual learners.

Flower: Open spacings like a petal of a flower. Feelings and auditory input.

Stream: The iris fibres close together in relatively straight lines knitted together. Grounded.

Shaker: A combination of jewels and flowers. Dynamic entrepreneurs. 




Jewel and Flower Iris types.

Jewel types favour the use of the mind with focused thinking and intellect. They process their feelings and perceptions of life through thought and analysis. This process is often unconscious in that they automatically may label, categorize , name and analyse situations, people and objects. This may happen when they enter a room or situation. 

They input the world visually and like to read, watch and type on the computer. Their fingers on the keyboard mimic what is going on in their minds with lots of words. (Fingers and extremities are the jewel areas of the body). 

After they process the visual input they output to the world around them with words in the form of writing and speaking. They find a ready audience of adoring flowers who input life auditorially and appreciate the jewel’s logic, clarity of mind and focus- Especially when the focus is directed towards them because flowers love to be seen.

The jewel prides him/her self on having all the facts and figures and making a reasoned conclusion with the mind. He likes to be right and usually is! Hence one of his main fears is being criticised for being wrong. This attacks his very foundation. He likes to be in control of situations because he doesn’t like surprises or random unpredictable events. When he is travelling a jewel may get on the net and book all the travel and hotels rather than go with the flow and see what happens. He likes to use his clever mind to plan. When his birthday arrives don’t give him a surprise party because he won’t like it and for once may be lost for words.

A jewel is like the professor in the ivy tower with his books and thinking. The mind is like the prison for him but he doesn’t see it. He may be isolated from others if he is trapped in the mind and away from his feelings and relationship. This is particularly the case if he is left brain dominant. He desires intimacy but may have a fear of it. This is because a jewel represents a constriction of energy flow in the mind and the body. Imagine a jewel (gemstone) that has been in the ground for thousands of years and is released from the earth. The J tends to seek freedom and sees relationship as been restrictive of his freedom. This is particularly if his flower partner has abandonment issues and holds on too close to him. The J may fail to realize that his partner and intimacy of relationship has the potential to free him from the tower prison of his mind. Some jewels don’t even like the constriction of a seat belt or their partner to hug them for too long. (Another way that a J may get out of the mind into the heart is via music and singing).

Relationship has the potential to put the J in touch with his body. One of the health difficulties is that the excess mental analysis slows down the digestive function and ability to absorb nutrients. It is well known in TCM that the emotion of worry relates to the digestive system.The organs of the front of the body tend to be weak. These are the pancreas, liver and spleen. The pancreas processes blood sugars and relates to the eyesight. Hence our professor does not wear glasses just because of his excess reading but because his pancreas is under functioning. His body may be thin and angular. His mind is like a woodpecker undermining the stability and strength of the tree/ body because he cannot absorb enough nutrients.

Most jewels go on a journey from the detail and facts and figures of the constrictive, practical left brain to the more expansive right brain. They may still analyse but now it is the unseen world or space or some abstract phenomena. They go from economics, accountancy, planning, costing and dealing with concrete reality to inner space with meditation, lucid dreaming, astral, travel etc. or scientific study of space, the mind, philosophy and intangible subjects. They get interested in Star Trek where the "Enterprise" goes where no man has gone before. Left brain jewels fear the unknown and surprises but right brain types may actually seek the unknown.

The journey to the right brain is necessary because that is where the J experiences emotions and imagination and inner knowing/ intuition. The right brain helps calm the incessant mind chatter and the ability to just know things without have to use the rational mind. The gland of intuition (the pineal) is a silent one. The right brain is more to do with thinking in

Pictures-visualisation. This increases the amplitude of the jewel’s thought patterns and decreases the frequency. The thoughts become fewer, loftier and grander. On the Left brain there are many thoughts about trivia and the great thoughts may get lost.

When acting from the left brain the Jewel plans and controls himself, others and situations. On the R brain he is more easily able to accept situations and to go with the flow of life. He may be able to delegate to others as he lets go control. On the Right brain he is able to see the wholeness of situations rather than the isolated components. He now sees the forest and not just the trees. He may have accumulated wealth, University degrees, opinions, books when L brain. When his time arrives to go to the R brain he feels like giving things away (Warren Buffet 85%) and argues less with others who may not share his opinions. He used to value material possessions but now like St. Francis he gives them away and seeks freedom and spirituality. He may begin to paint and draw as he moves to the R creative brain.

One problem is that his flower partner who married him for his certainty and for material security may not be happy at the new developments! If he goes to the Himalayas or the monastery she will feel abandoned. Flowers often have a sense of aloneness and often may have a busy social life to compensate. In nature flowers grow together. They love to be seen and complimented for their beauty. Flower traits add creativity, imagination and emotions to one’s being. They are spontaneous, social, changeable and passionate. Like a Hollywood star they may generate excitement in social situations. They like to make an entrance and be noticed. They like daily doses of flattery. They are animated with gestures and expressive, particularly if the iris flowers are large. Their energy flows out to the environment like a bucket with holes. Hence they may express their energy brilliantly in short bursts and need to recharge. Else they rely on adrenaline to keep going and exhaust their valuable kidney reserves. Interestingly the creative area of the iris happens to be the kidney/ adrenal area and flowers in this zone are very common.

Flowers live for the moment and their energy and enthusiasm may be short lived. One can imagine a "star" working a room ,stopping briefly to talk to each person but not having any serious exchanges. Or a beautiful butterfly flitting from flower to flower. They may begin many projects but get bored and move onto something else. They need more stability in their life-to add in minerals, earth. Early they mobilize outside support from others with tears, tantrums and subtle or overt emotional manipulation. A key feature of flowers is their eyes and they can use them to good effect on others. Eventually the flower has to gain inner stability, to stand tall even when not tied to the stake. It is like becoming a strong tree that stands alone and provides shelter, food and support to others. Their journey to gaining inner support usually begins with an attraction to a jewel partner and the inner certainty of his mind. (jewel is a mineral!)

The flower needs to learn focus, completion, self control of the emotions with some degree of rational thought. By learning self reliance they deal with their inner feeling or fear of abandonment. They may be forced to learn to be alone. When they do this well and find strength within they can never really be abandoned again. The paradox is that when they still have the fear they tend to experience more abandonment. They cling too much and push away the partner with the need for attention, jealousy, outbursts when he is late etc.

They may wish to dance on the stage and gain the social recognition that they love but this is often denied them if they have not learned to put their attention within. This can be done with some postural exercise with their attention within the body, or meditation. Imagining counting their own vertebrae is particularly good because it focuses within on the rocks (bones) and the structural support of the body, the spine. When they learn to do this they find that they are accepted into the dance team and get to perform in public. Until this inner shift they may find themselves experiencing social isolation. They may be working in an isolated office for example. The task of the flower is to find inner support and security, to be like a strong tree rather than a vulnerable flower that is easily upset by events.

The Shaker iris (Jewels and Flowers in the iris) 

All of us have the inner drive for change , discovery of the new and being an individual within . And all of us have the desire for staying the same, for routine, steadiness and belonging to a team. The journey to wholeness means integrating these two opposite forces within us.

When the iris has jewels and flowers in the one eye it is called a shaker. The constrictive mental qualities coexist with the expansive flower qualities. This creates a state of dynamic tension. This is electricity combined with magnetism which creates the motor and hence movement. They make decisions faster than a jewel and stay with them longer than a flower.

Denny Johnson describes the shaker:

"Shakers are the embodiment of ecstasy, joy and thankfulness, bringing feelings of exhilaration and excitement to any project they are involved in. People are initially attracted to shakers because of their energy and conviction but they can be difficult to relate to because they are always in motion and frequently changing their focus. Adventurous and frequently devoted to a cause, Shakers excel as inventors, motivators and explorers".

-Page 14, What the Eye Reveals.

These types are at the forefront of change and innovation in society. They are the driven entrepreneurial types who may experience great success in life and then equal failure. They push themselves to exhaustion, can take risks and be reckless. They might bring the whole group down and everyone has to regroup. They need to learn to plan rather than rely only on their usually good intuition. They can be ungrounded and impractical. They are the hare rather than the tortoise-good story for shaker children. Shakers are called extremists and often venture beyond the limits of conventional norms. (" Norm" –the couch potato is the polar opposite of the shaker!) One archetype of a shaker would be a circus promoter who is in a different town constantly, or a rock star on tour or a bikie who never settles in one place. They seek to discover what is over the horizon like the cowboy riding off into the sunset.

Shakers motivate others with their enthusiasm and grand plans. They are the ones who believe "yes we can build the opera house and I’ll convince the govt. and arrange the financial backing." Shakers are tenacious and push on against all the odds. They may not be too concerned with the details- leaving that to the left brain jewels. They like to be the one – the leader. A positive shaker flower is a benevolent leader. Shaker flowers usually move to the left brain to deal with leadership and power. Shaker flowers can be physically , emotionally aggressive or emotionally dictatorial. They can also be playful, happy, entertaining and light. They are like a cheerleader encouraging others with their dynamic enthusiasm. A traditional shaker flower may join the army.

The shaker jewel moves towards the right brain. They are the lone wolf, the outcast who breaks away from social convention and seeks personal union with the infinite. They move into the frontiers of consciousness. They are self-reliant individuals who are leaders of progressive thought and directed action. They have the ability to analyze situations quickly. They make excellent scientists, philosophers and leaders. They are farsighted and prophetic and may only be fully appreciated by later generations.

These people are revolutionaries who rebel against authority and any establishment systems and structures. They seek personal and global freedom. This type is the classic eternal youth afraid of being "trapped" in a relationship and losing the possibility of a life of endless change. They fear criticism, being controlled and loss of freedom. Their busy minds can be depleting to their body/ adrenals which can’t keep up with the pace of the mind. "To realize their goals they need to learn how to delegate responsibility while staying grounded, connected to life and surrendering to life and their inner guidance". D.J


"When they allow themselves to be still, to feel the integrity of who they are, Shakers can bring the experience of wakefulness, joy and thankfulness to any group. Learning moderation and consistency enables the Shaker to manifest change with stability"

D. J "What the Eye Reveals".

Basic Therapies:

Xs movement therefore stillness therapies to store life force such as chi gong, mudras, yoga postures, relaxation.

Relationship: belonging in a relationship and awareness of the unity created in a r/ship adds stream qualities to a shaker.

Shaker can be demanding and perfectionistic towards partners.

Partner seen as part of team "shaker" , to support the shaker goals!

Teamwork: The individual personality of the shaker is challenged by belonging to a team but this is one of their long term lessons.


- importance of teamwork as a balance to their individuality




-Curb impatience.

-being grounded/ reckless.(is this plan practical?-ask others!)


Stillness, rest to recharge –especially if harmony pattern.

This could be yoga nidra , chi gong postures to build energy in the body.

Regular meals-shakers may skip meals when fired up on one of their projects.

Routine-the foundation of health in Ayurvedic medicine.

When a shaker learns to be still they reduce the possibility of life imposing stillness on them via accident or illness.


The Stream Iris (straight fibres) 

This consists of uniform fibre structure in the eyes which radiate out from the pupil. Streams like routine and belonging to a team. Their challenge is to be "the one", to strike out on their own –without a committee meeting! The straight fibres act like antennae which both radiate energy out to the environment and receive energy from others and the environment. Potentially they are the healthiest of signs because of their ability to assimilate and store energy and nutrients in the body. The problem can be when there is too much routine and storing of nutrition leading to stagnation of the energy flow in the body, letgargy and excess conditions such as weight gain.   Streams can become overwhelmed because of their sensitivity and could become neurotic. They nurture and balance others and balance the extremes in society. They are natural mediators. They are slow to change and like to do things in a group. They are implementers, getting the job done and making things happen. They like to see projects through to completion.

Streams love touch and hugs. They learn by imitating and doing i.e. physically. The energy they store in the bodies can be channeled into work to achieve their maximum potential. They need expansiveness and hence are attracted to shakers . Streams are team players and like to decide in a group, to act after acheiving consensus. They are learning to take the initiative, to take a risk and go out on a limb sometimes. The stream stabilizes and balances the radical nature of the shaker.


In summary:

When positive they support, serve and balance those around them.

If blocked they are blocked, indecisive and overwhelmed.

If they learn to initiate, act, move, release and give they experience nurturing and unification.

This leads to a state of belonging and stillness. In stillness the streams recharge and in turn release this energy to the environment.


The 4 types of iris patterns are above. The first thing we determine is if a person is predominately thinking/visual/jewel or feeling/auditory/flower. Jewels like to read and gather information, think about it and then explain to others . Flowers are more emotionally reactive to life. They are fond of music and learn best from specific auditory input. They may communicate with animated gestures, word imagery or they may be a shy flower. They are spontaneuous and changeable.