Compiled by Nancy B. Detweiler, M.Ed., M.Div.


“Iran is one of the world’s oldest civilizations and has been among the world’s most thoughtful and complex civilizations from the very beginning.  There are aspects of Iranian civilization that, in one way or another, have touched almost every human being on the planet.”[i]


Iran is the political name – Persia is the cultural name.



Tea House in Shiraz, Iran – the city of roses, nightingales, wine, and poets.

Wine, as is all alcohol, is banned under Islamic law.  At this site, Nancy Penrose shares her story of touring Iran in 2008.

Traditional Persian Outdoor Tea House

Teahouses are scattered throughout Iran.


Gardens are created as a symbol of paradise—a place for spiritual reflection.  Water is a vital part of the garden as it is a metaphor for looking into one’s Soul.  In the garden, an individual can meditate while feeling a sense of sacredness and tranquility.[ii]

Gardens play an important role in Iran, where much of the land is arid.  Moving water—as in a waterfall or fountain–adds humidity as well as creating the sounds that enhance a meditative state.

“No one can inspire humans with hope like Mother Nature and nowhere can she playfully display the greater extent of her will than in the garden of human mind….  Persian worldview and culture does not regard humans sans Nature. Islamic teachings consider Nature as a bed of signs that display the power of the creator of this world and therefore a source of meditation and wonder. A forerunner of world gardens, the Persian garden is a sanctuary where the creative forces of humans and Nature merge into another.  Building gardens is an ancient art in Iran which includes its very own traditions as a material and spiritual representation.” [iii]

Architecture can be an important part of the Persian Garden.  Graceful arches play an important role.  Iranian architects use to build domes on square buildings.

Garden of Eden Persian Garden

“By the … soul, and Him who perfected it and inspired it with conscience of what is wrong for it and right for it….  He is indeed successful who causes it to grow, and he is indeed a failure who stunts it.”   Islam. Qur’an 91.7-10

 “Train yourself in godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”  Christianity.  I Timothy 4:7-8

“The Holy One gives wisdom only to him who has wisdom.”  Judaism.  Talmud, Berakot 55a


 “Iranians speak Persian, an Indo-European language, in the midst of the Arabic-speaking Middle East….  Since the 1979 revolution, Iranian women have been subject to one of the most restrictive dress codes in the Islamic world, yet partly in consequence, Iranian families have released their daughters to study and work in unprecedented numbers.  More than sixty percent of students entering university now are female, and many women—even married—have professional jobs.” [iv]



Schools are presently segregated.

School girls on a field trip to Chelhel Sotun Palace in Esfahan, Iran


Boys on a school field trip to Imam Square in Esfahan, Iran


“The deeper, reflective, humane Iran is still there beneath the threatening media headlines.  Iranian cinema is one of the most remarkable phenomena of the country since the revolution [1979].  Banned from the themes of violence and sex regarded by Hollywood as indispensable, Iran has produced a cinema of unique poetic artistry and universal appeal that has won many international prizes.  [Some of these films are] The Apple, 10, Taste of Cherry, The Circle, Blackboards, and Colour of God.  Many of these films develop subjects dealing with the mistreatment of women, the vulnerability of children, the effects of war, the distortions of Iranian politics and society, and other themes critical or tending to be critical of the Islamic regime.”

“Iran and Persian culture have been hugely influential in world history.  Repeatedly, what Iran has thought today, the rest of the world (or significant parts of it) has believed tomorrow.  At various stages Iran has truly been an Empire of the Mind, and in a sense it still is—Iranian culture continues to hold together an ethnically and linguistically diverse nation.”  [v]



Old Town in Yazd, Iran


“Being American makes you the most popular kid in the village” – 2008.

Rick Steves shares his experience in Iran, where “the murals are mean, yet the people are friendly.”


“Locals – quick to smile for the camera of a new American friend” – Persepolis, Iran

“Woman in bookstore gave me a free book.”

         “The most treasured souvenir of a trip to Iran:  memories of its people.”

 “Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.”  Islam.  Qur’an 39.10

“Be kind to one another.”  Christianity.  Ephesians 4:32

“The world stands upon three things:  upon the Law, upon worship, and upon showing kindness.”  Judaism. Mishnah, Abot 1.2

“Iranians find Americans as interesting (and confusing) as we find them.”


 A Charity box is on many street corners – contributions used for social needs.

“You will not attain piety until you expend of what you love; and whatever thing you expend, God knows of it.”  Islam.  Qur’an 3.92

“Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  Christianity.  II Corinthians 9:7

“Whether we bring much or little, it matters not, if only we fix our heart upon our Father in heaven.”  Judaism.  Talmud, Berakot 17a


“Iran is an extremely beautiful country in which to visit, make friends, and photograph.”



Handmade Persian rugs and carpet are among Iran’s major exports.  Persian rugs have been “woven into the fabric of Iranian history, religion, society, and culture for more than 2,500 years.” “Iran is the genesis of most motifs, patterns, and traditional colorations produced in rugs throughout the world today.”  –Susie Beringer

Nomadic Couple – Village of Aghdash, Iran

Nomadic Life – Aghdash, Iran

Nomadic Couple in Aghdash, Iran

Nomadic Life – Tending sheep

Nomadic Life – Washing Wool – Aghdash, Iran

Aghdash, Iran

Aghdash, Iran


Little did I know when I decided to seek the beauty in Iran and its people what a fascinating journey it would be.



“Open to all forms ”
Ib’n Arabi
(Sufi Poet, s. XII)

My heart is open to all forms:
is a pasture for gazelles,
is a cloister for Christian monks,
a temple for idols
the Kaaba of the pilgrim,
the tablets of the Torah,
and the book of Quran
We acknowledge the religion of love,
and whatever direction they move their ways;
the direction of Love
is my religion and my faith.

 —-Rumi, the Poet of Love


“Djalal Rûmi ad-Din was born in September 1207, where today’s Afghanistan. Rumi is considered the greatest Persian poet of all time. His vast work, comprising 70 000 verses, is compared by scholars to the greatness of Shakespeare, Dante and Beethoven.”  [vi]


[i]   Michael Axworthy, A HISTORY OF IRAN: Empire of the Mind, copyright 2008, page xii.

[iv]   Axworthy, page xii.  Some call the language of Iranians “Farsi,” but this is controversial.  See:  for additional information.

[v]   Axworthy, pages 293-294.



SaLuSa  8-October-2012


Sirius – Hubble Space Telescope

It is never too late to turn your eyes towards Ascension, and do realize that if you feel ready you are certainly at a point where you could achieve it. It requires focus and intent to go forward, but you must understand that whether you ascend is dependent on your level of consciousness. You must apply yourself to whatever your understanding is of being at One with all life, without exception. Love is the operative word that will see you succeed, but you will need to work at it so as to overcome the very human emotions that often pull you back. You have a tendency to act first and ask questions later, so a new way of responding to situations has to be found. Forgiveness is also vital when you have been the victim of someone else’s actions, even if it is not attributable to you in anyway.


The advice given is also going to be useful when you are clearing karma connected with relationships. These are probably the hardest challenges you are likely to confront, and you are best advised to try and leave those concerned with your forgiveness. You simply cannot move on if you persist in carrying resentment or continue to harbor negative thoughts. Let the past go and step onto a new path that leads to the Light and Love. Then you will feel at ease and know that you have cut your links with the old paradigm that no longer serves you. The likelihood is that those who read these words, have already decided to change their lives and concentrate on preparing for Ascension.


Remember that your body is your temple, and look after it and move away from any practices that you know are causing it harm. You cannot for example take your drug habits into the higher dimensions, and the sooner you are determined to break the addiction you will succeed. The same principle can be applied to other addictions such as alcohol, which will in any event harm your body. Think carefully about what you need to do to ensure your upliftment, and you will receive help from your Guides. God wishes for every single soul to ascend, but accepts that having given you freewill the final choice is yours. Ask yourself seriously if you wish to remain in your present 3D cycle, and if you cannot see your way clear to desiring such a move it will be final.


The end of the cycle is approaching very rapidly and our delight is in seeing how the Lightworkers have lifted up the Light upon Earth. Light attracts even more Light, and your pathway to Ascension is opening up. The time lines are converging, and soon the most powerful one will be uplifting you with Mother Earth. It must happen and will separate those who are ready from those who are not, and it is a natural result of the changes that you are going through. It also means that once ascended, the dark Ones will have been totally removed from your lives. The peace you have sought and prayed for will at last be yours, and through the Ascension process you will indeed experience the changes within yourself. It is not that you only experience the changes at that time because it commenced some years, ago but the actual Ascension will be a milestone along your way.


There are a lot of changes about to occur on Earth, and have been considerably building up this year. That means your problems will grow until something in the nature of a clean sweep can be made. The more obvious areas are connected with politics, and many countries around the world are experiencing great upheaval. It is unfortunate that it has to reach such extremes before the need for vast changes is accepted. However, once agreed there will no time wasted in setting up the new systems. We see that once the political issues are decided, the rest of the changes will follow on quite quickly. For the time being, it is you as an individual that is most important, as we wish you to realize what a wonderful opportunity is being presented to you through Ascension.


You do not necessarily have to give up your attachment to your possessions to ascend, but anything that carries a low vibration cannot go forward with you.  For example some of you have pastimes or hobbies, that involve collecting memorabilia that relates to people or events that are undesirable. The new vibrations will in fact allow for the manifestation in a new Light, of many things in your reality. Everything will be expressed in an energy that will bring out the beauty and perfection in them. Objects will seem to be more “alive” and you will have a closer relationship with all sentient beings, as consciousness levels will be that much higher than previously. In real terms you will gain from ascending in so many ways, you will soon forget your time in duality. It will eventually seem like a bad dream, although you will always benefit from the experience.


In the future your every need will be looked after and you will want for absolutely nothing at all. As time progresses and you develop your skills in creation, you will be able to provide for yourself. In the meantime you will benefit from the advantages of using new technologies, that will cover your needs. It is all ready for you, and only waits the right time to be introduced and distributed. Do not however expect too much immediately, as the changeover will not happen overnight. As we have told you previously, our priority is to bring help and relief to those who are underprivileged and lack the basic necessities of life. You will be lifted up in a series of progressions from where you are now, to take your place in the Golden Age of absolute beauty and joy.


I am SaLuSa from Sirius, and know that If only you could get a glimpse of what is in store for you, your present worries would seem of little or no consequence. There is such a short time before Ascension, so try to think in terms of the benefits that you are soon to receive. You will have earnt your rights to them and they will totally transform your lives. We of the Galactic Federation of Light will continue to work with you after Ascension, and help you achieve full Galactic Consciousness. Until that time you will not know what it is like to have that level of consciousness, as by comparison you are now very much unaware of your real capabilities. Look at us, and you will see in us your true selves as you will be in the near future.


Thank you SaLuSa.

Mike Quinsey.

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