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Janice Stensrude
published in Uptown Express June 1990

Nearly ten years ago a story was carried in the news of a device that had been developed to read the individual patterns in eyes. Potential uses, the developers claimed, included electronic identification which could take the place of magnetic cards that are used by business and government for admitting key staff to classified areas. Even bank tellers would read the eye of the bank customer to match it to the record. Eye patterns are established as being as unique as fingerprints. Denny Johnson of Portland, Oregon has developed another method for using eye patterns for identification, the identification of "the right person for the right job," among other things.

"At the turn of the decade, employers are paying less attention to what candidates have done, the titles they have held, and who they know and more attention to the process of looking deep into their psyches to discover how they'll fit into the corporation." So says Carol Orlock in an article for the May issue of Lear's.

The expense of hiring and training employees has led large employers to a more careful, and sometimes elaborate, approach to their hiring practices. Getting the right person means not only someone with the qualifications to perform the duties of the job, but also someone who will interact well with other employees, identify with the goals of the organization, and remain in the position long enough to make sufficient impact to justify the expense of recruiting. These attempts to accurately predict the suitability of a prospective employee has led to a proliferation of sophisticated techniques adapted for use in analyzing applicants' personalities, attitudes, and potential value to employers.

Today's corporations are being increasingly cautious in hiring practices, and with good reason. According to Orlock, the cost of recruiting a top level executive runs as high as $50,000 and the cost of a hiring mistake as much as $100,000. The rigorous interview process, in addition to a series of private and group interviews, may include graphology (handwriting analysis), psychological testing, and even video taped interviews which are carefully analyzed for significant body language.

With employers going to such lengths to know their employees before they hire, a market has been created for reliable new techniques for behavior prediction, and Johnson's technique is working towards a niche in this market. Going one step further from simply identifying individuals by their unique eye patterns, the Rayid Method, as Johnson's technique is known, identifies characteristics of personality and behavior. By studying patterns in the iris of the eye, proponents say, remarkable insight can be gained into the individual's character and manner of dealing with the world.

Houston business consultant Bill Scott of Lesley and Associates is one of approximately 75 trained Rayid specialists in this country. Scott has conducted numerous Rayid workshops and has written a teaching manual, using the method in his own work.

The Rayid Method divides the eye into sections, and the markings in these sections are indicative of certain personality traits. There are three basic types—"jewels," "streams," and "flowers," with "shakers" being a combination. Where these patterns occur in the eye and how they are arranged in relation to each other form the distinctive patterns that identify the unique characteristics of the individual personality.

All scientific disciplines now recognize the human being as a form of energy, Scott states, and the choices we make in reaction to live events create blocks or open channels to our energy. With opportunities to develop both negative and positive traits in the course of our lives, he explains, our choices are documented in the formations found in our eyes.

The results of the Rayid Method analysis of personalities have been found to be consistent with the findings of traditional personality tests such as the Myers-Briggs Type indicator and The Personal Profile. Scott sees Rayid as a valid method for accurately matching personalities with job positions, as well as a potentially valuable tool in the counseling setting.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" takes on a whole new meaning. Denny Johnson, father of Rayid method, is a Shaker-Jewel, right-brained and introverted. Take a deep look into your own eyes and see if you can find yourself in the patterns described below.

Basic Personalities

[Good color images of the four types can be viewed at rayid.com].

Jewels (Mental Type) /

JEWELS (Mental Type)

Dot-like pigments (jewels) in the iris indicate a thinking, intellectually oriented person. Mental type personalities direct their active feeling through internal thought and analysis.

Precise verbal communicators, they tend to control themselves, situations and other people. They generally show little emotion, and their gestures are few and pointed. Often intense, quietly frustrated people,

their attention to detail can prove stifling to the realization of their highest potential.

Having well-defined views, they often excel as teachers, leaders and scientists. These self-oriented individuals are slow to accept new ideas, yet having thoroughly analyzed the possibilities, often end up leading the way.

Learning to flow with situations and trust people enables mental type personalities to better express their feelings and attain long-term goals.

Flowers (Emotional Type) /

FLOWERS (Emotional Type)

Distinctive curves or rounded openings (flowers) in the fibers of the iris indicate an emotional type person. These feeling-oriented people tend to be spontaneous, active and changeable.

Excellent visual communicators, animated and expressive, they enjoy being on stage and flow easily with social situations. However, their passion for

experiencing life and tendency to overcommit can exhaust their energies, resulting in occasional bouts of depression or bursts of anger.

Bubbling with enthusiasm and creative ideas, they make excellent engineers, artists and musicians. Quick to embrace new concepts, they add vitality to a project, but often fail to see it through to completion.

Learning to trust themselves, accept responsibility, and focus their energies enables emotional type personalities to successfully fulfill their desires.

Streams (Kinesthetic Type) /

STREAMS (Kinesthetic Type)

Subtle variations in the fibers of the iris which appear as straight lines or streaks of color indicate a kinesthetic type (stream) personality. These physically oriented people tend to be intuitive, yet consistently stable.

Communicating and sensing with their bodies, they nurture and balance others. With true empathy, they mediate and integrate with extremes in society.

Periodically, their sensitivity becomes excessive and they feel helplessly overwhelmed.

Endowed with abundant physical energy and social skills, they are naturals in healing and public service. Their sense of being connected with people can lead to confusion about their own self-worth or purpose in life.

By accepting the perfection in life and themselves, the kinesthetic type learns how to effectively touch others without taking on unnecessary burdens.

Shakers (Extremist Type) /

SHAKERS (Extremist Type)

The appearance of dot-like pigments and distinct openings in the iris indicate an extremist type (shaker) personality. These action-oriented people tend to be dynamic and progressive individuals.

Unifying visual and verbal modes of communication, their radical nature propels them to the forefront of change and innovation in society. Because of their

compelling drive and inherent instability, they experience patterns of great success and failure, often exhausting their physical strength.

Characteristically devoted to a cause, they make excellent inventors, explorers and motivators. Acting as the conscience of society, they often stand alone, attracting ridicule from their peers.

Learning moderation and consistence enables the extremist type personality to manifest change with stability.


The absence of concentrated color and the appearance of a distinct ridge encircling the pupil implies an outer-directed personality. These achievement-oriented individuals tend to be outgoing, expressive and honest.

By externalizing words, actions and emotions, these enthusiastic individuals create movement in their environment. Without proper planning and poise, outer-directed people can overextend themselves, wasting energy and causing fatigue. They are impatient, compulsive and often honest to the point of being insensitive.

These socially active, productive people are good at management, public relations and marketing.

Through introspection and self-restraint, the outer-directed person is capable of the most lofty achievements with sensitivity and grace.

Polarity Dominance

Take a close look at both eyes and compare the number of patterns contained within them. The eye with the most traits is the dominant eye. Right or left eye dominance is the single most powerful indicator of how the personality is expressed.


Those with the most traits in the left eye are considered to be right-brain dominant. These people utilize the right hemisphere of their brain more effectively, tending to be agreeable, social and creative. They usually prefer to sleep with the left cheek down, and when they interlace their fingers the right thumb is on top.

Right-brain dominant people generally have a closer relationship with their mother and are casual, easygoing people. Future-oriented and philosophical, they add imagination and spirit to any endeavor.

Generally impractical and unorganized, they often lack the skills necessary to manifest their dreams. When right-brain dominant types learn to follow through and take concrete action, they can actualize their creativity for the world.


Those with the most characteristics in the right eye are regarded as left-brain dominant. These people utilize the left hemisphere of their brain more effectively, tending to be logical, self-oriented and practical. They sleep with the right cheek down, and when interlacing their fingers, the left thumb is on top.

Left-brain dominant individuals normally have greater rapport with their fathers. They ask definitive questions, have specific material goals, and prefer to be organized. Holding traditional values, they add stability and structure to a social system.

Often skeptical and slow to change, they resist innovative ideas until well proven. As left-brain types become more willing to accept dynamic change, they can help make creative vision a material reality.



The appearance of a continuous white band completely or partially encircling the iris indicates a personality with a determined or decisive nature. Those people with a ring of determination tend to have outward fixed patterns of belief or behavior. This can be manifested as an opinionated person unwilling to accept another's point of view. Developing inward certainty or spiritual direction enables them to achieve inner peace and acceptance of others.


A blue ring encircling the entire iris, created by an absence of fiber along the periphery, indicates a personality with a "sense of special purpose." These people tend to feel capable of doing anything and that they have a special mission in life. Feeling unable to identify how to achieve their objective can lead them to indecisiveness and lack of commitment. Through hard work and focused action, this personality can experience all of life as having special purpose.


A series of dots or clusters toward the outside of the iris, ranging in color from white to gold, indicates a ring of harmony. This pattern implies a personality with exceptionally high ideals about social and environmental issues. Unexpressed expectations and denial of their true ideals can cause these sensitive individuals to feel used or let down by others. Manifesting personal harmony when faced with disorder allows this personality type to be effectively involved in life without being cynical.

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