Iran has only been featured in a couple of readings I've done. The last reading I did about Trump's claim that Iran was behind the attack on the Japanese Tanker. I saw on that reading that not only was Iran not at all responsible for that but that it was an operation likely undertaken between Israel, Saudi Arabia, with knowledge from the Trump administration.
When I looked into Iran and how they would react, it showed that they were thinking long term and that they wanted to avoid war at all costs, because they knew it was all about stealing their natural resources. They also said in the vision "we survived Iraq" and we don't want something similar to happen again, which I later realized it must have been a reference to the Iran/Iraq war of 1980-1988.
Like most people in the Western world, when I thought of Iran, peace was not something that had crossed my mind, not that I knew anything about Iran beyond headlines.
But the thing that stuck with me was this vision was how I saw these elders coming to make this decision. They have something like a group of elders that debate and think deeply about government decisions. It’s as if they are part of the government but don't have an administrative function, as if they are cloistered otherwise and tasked with reviewing decisions and reflecting on them and counseling the administrators on decisions to make.
And they think long-term and deeply about what they must do and the strangest thing, was this feeling that they do what I do, in a different way. Even though I obviously have NOTHING in common with them outwardly speaking, I saw that they can have visions too, they can do what I can do.
They can close their eyes and see something beyond what is immediately visible. When I saw and sensed this, I felt a strange kinship, a sense of understanding, a sense of love for the next in the deepest sense. Even though we are construed by historical paradigms to be “enemies”, I sensed a nobility of purpose that felt sincere and truthful.
When they are making their recommendations to politicians, there is a mystical element that is infused into analytical decision making. It was as if they had three modes of thinking they engaged in: philosophy and dialectics, mystical thinking and analytical application of these two. They apply these two: philosophy, some sort of and mystic/religious ideas into specific concrete problems they are tasked with solving.
It was so interesting because we only hear that they are religious "fanatics" aka cray-cray. But what I saw was different. They have a degree of vision and sophistication that is very different from what we think when we think of Iran and Muslim clerics. When I think of any religious government I think of rigidity and hypocrisy, but from this perspective, it was almost as if they were monks.
I am not advocating for Iran or the Iranian government or erasing the facts about their human rights abuses, and strict laws about female attire, the imprisoning and killing of critics, nor am I saying that I would do well in their world. I just felt that there is something admirable and lasting beyond what know of them. I saw their human and intellectual side.
In spite of wars and division, there is a human element that connects all of us.
The day after this vision, I looked up information on how the Iranian government is structured and there a group that fits the vision I saw. They are called the “Guardian Council”:
This is the most influential body in Iran and is currently controlled by conservatives. It consists of six theologians appointed by the Supreme Leader and six jurists nominated by the judiciary and approved by parliament.
Members are elected for six years on a phased basis, so that half the membership changes every three years.
The council has to approve all bills passed by parliament and has the power to veto them if it considers them inconsistent with the constitution and Islamic law. The council can also bar candidates from standing in elections to parliament, the presidency and the Assembly of Experts.
Reformist attempts to reduce the council's vetting powers have proved unsuccessful and the council banned all but six of more than 1,000 hopefuls in the 2005 elections.
Two more, both reformists, were permitted to stand after the Supreme Leader intervened. All the female candidates were blocked from standing.
Confronting my ignorance about the Middle East
After this vision I became curious and started doing some more research and came across this documentary from PBS called ""Bitter Rivals, Saudi Arabia and Iran" which I HIGHLY recommend to anyone interested.
I had seen in another vision the long history between the GOP and the Saudis and through this documentary I was able to understand why the Saudis have been allies of the USA historically (read: OIL) and why Iran has been a long-term enemy of the USA ( the Hostage Crisis, OIL and the rejection of the Western-oil-friendly ruler the Shah ).
As my visions started to show that the Middle East and Saudi Arabia especially plays a much greater role in the Trump Administration than we currently know, understanding the complexities of the Middle East, with its delicate boundaries, wars and factions became important.
The animosity between Saudi Arabia and Iran, and the Trump Administration's reliance on Saudi money may tell us why Trump has demonized Iran from the very beginning. I just hope once truth comes out that it will not increase volatility in the middle east and the USA.
We are yet to see how this chapter will end but it's increasingly clear to me that we are so much more intertwined with the Middle East than we know and that what happens in America will greatly impact the future of the Middle East, and what happens in the Middle East impacts us as well.
I pray for peace. We are all connected and it's foolish and short-term-ist to believe otherwise. Without fail, sooner or later, consequences of unjust wars come knocking.