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stirred deep within me, to give me that early interest in the 

dandelion. Most people think it is simply a weed, especially 

when it gets a good start on one's lawn.
But that memory of lying there on the grass, not far from 

my home, smelling the dandelion has made its place in my 
life ever since. It symbolized for me the inquisitive spirit that 

must be in all individuals, if they are to understand their 

origin, their destiny, and the nature of all those mysteries 
that are locked within every created object that becomes 

part of our personal experience.

The dandelion (Taraxacum officinale), as a matter of fact, 
is a highly respected herb, nutritious in its nature and used 

to clear obstructions from and to stimulate the liver to 

detoxify poisons in the system. It has a strong alkalinizing 
effect to neutralize acids and acts as an eliminatory herb in 

maintaining body health and as a building agent The leave? 
and the root are the active ingredients most commonly 

used, and dandelion tea is applied most frequently in renal, 

bladder, and liver difficulties.1
Perhaps the flower is there to catch one's attention and 

thrill all those who are, by nature, inquisitive and investiga- 

tive. But there is a value, too, and I've found that most of 
nature—given us through the kindness of Goo!—is here to 

be used for aid and for help, once its use is determined.

The experience with the dandelion has proved to me that 
the commonplace things one tends to neglect in travels 

through the earth are often uncommon in their true value, 
so let's always remember—even when we are grown and 

relatively sophisticated—to smell the dandelions.

It was not long after that that my mother died following 
surgeryforpulmonary tuberculosis. I was seven, andl—like 

my two brothers—cried when I found out that mother had 

left us and would not be seen again. Some years later, when 
the idea of reincarnation became part of my belief system, I 

understood death as a passage from one room to another,

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