Sharing the thoughts of reviewers and readers
There are three things [in this book that] I feel are particularly appreciated contributions to the field. First, that you so clearly and simply explain why flower essences are needed by the whole family when one family member is having a problem. Second, you go into a lot of thought-provoking detail about how the person selecting the essence is a part of the "system," and can therefore either be part of the problem, or part of the solution -- the power of the "therapeutic relationship" being in my estimation entirely under-rated. And third, I was very much interested in your comments about the potential for using flower essences with an Asian population.
~ Deborah Bier, PhD. Publisher and Co-Editor, Vibration Magazine. Author of The Encyclopedia of Vibrational Essences. Maker of the Whole Energy Essences
Parents Press Magazine
The flower essence therapy system of the late British G.P (later bacteriologist and pathologist) Edward Bach is not exactly unknown in the Bay Area, but this is the first American guide we've seen written with families in mind. Yeo, a Sunnyvale pharmacist and Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner, believes "Dr Bach's essential message is that all ills of mankind are spiritual in nature" and that his essences "act gently yet powerfully" to rid body and mind of negative thoughts and emotions that can make us ill.
A blend of essay and manual, Healing The Family also explains the seven groups of essences (which treat loneliness, fear, oversensitivity and other stressors), and instructs parents how to choose the appropriate essence(s) and how to use them with both children and adults. (Moreover, Yeo doesn't forget the possible ramifications of such treatment, noting, "It is tempting to make use of the essences to 'correct' the people who are close to us.") It's an absorbing and thought-provoking little book.
~ Parents Press Magazine, September 2006 issue. Berkeley, CA. www.parentspress.com
Flower Essence Society
As implied in this review, one of the greatest strengths of this book is the repeated use and descriptions of essence or personality types - both those who are helping and those on the receiving end, whether in or out of balance - which reinforces the understanding of the essences and their practical uses. Studied and taken to heart, this is a tool that provides a thorough understanding of the essences rather than just providing a list of remedies and what they're used for; it truly educates the reader providing underlying foundational knowledge rather than just serving as a 'reference book'.
Healing The Family with Bach Flower Essences is a book that feels 'fresh' even given the many books written on Bach flower essences over several decades. Written with straightforward heartfelt warmth and wisdom, it is easy to read and assimilate. It is clearly presented and well organized - even the choices of typography, titling, etc. - contribute to making it very accessible to the reader.
~ Flower Essence Society E-Newsletter. August 2008 Issue. Nevada, CA. The above is extracted from an extensive review. You can read the full review at www.flowersociety.org/healing-the-family.html.
We do not live as individuals but as part of a holistic family which includes everyone we come in contact with. This book does a very good job of explaining the uses of the Bach Flower Remedy approach within a family unit based on the types of energy which surrounds certain events and dynamics within that family. I have read multiple books on the Bach remedies, and they have all been good, but Yeo Soo Hwa has a special gentleness and understanding of family dynamics and how they affect us as individuals. I have put her recommendations to good use and have seen healing take place within my family during a most difficult year of birth and death. I recommend this book highly for those who want to understand how we affect each other and are willing to do the work to recognize and mend feelings on an energetic level.
~ C. Springs, January 11, 2007. Verified buyer on Amazon.com.
I have read countless excellent books and writings 'explaining and teaching' the use of Bach Flower Remedies to anyone willing to learn them. However, Yeo Soo Hwa's book surpasses these by teaching practical application and use of the Remedies by any community of individuals connected to each other on a more than 'friend' level. Her explanations of the use of the Remedies within the family are insightful and empathetic; her ability to define situations in which a particular Remedy would be helpful or called for is outstanding.
For some individuals, it is not enough to merely explain which Remedy does what. When a family group seeks emotional help, this group must be guided in a direction that leads them to the help they need to heal and to rebuild; not simply left on their own to figure it out as best as they can. Soo Hwa does this in a most gentle and compassionate manner. However, she never overlooks the fact that emotional healing takes commitment on the part of the individual - and she continually points out to the reader that even when the symptom seems under control, the main issue may not yet be resolved. She goes further to help the reader understand the whole and how to treat the whole and not just the symptom.
It is reassuring to know that this important book for healing and contentment is available to anyone at any time. The book makes a superb gift; it is a loving and tender way to reach out to a friend or family member in need of help and solutions.
~ Kellie Sharpe, ESMT, CSF. GA Equine Sports Massage & Saddle Fitting. Hillsboro, GA.
This is a terrific book for so many reasons. Unlike other encyclopedia-style books which are referred to for descriptions of a specific remedy, Healing The Family manages to immerse the reader in the entire Bach Remedy experience so that once you've read the 160-odd pages, you have a complete understanding of the purpose and practice of Bach Flower Essences.
I first read this book when I was new to the concept and I learned an enormous amount from it. I referred to it often. Since then I have completed two of the three levels of education towards becoming a registered Bach practitioner and I've recently re-read this book from cover to cover. I was astonished at how much more it had to offer and how much more I gained. The author uses everyday situations to demonstrate the best use of the essences and shares her intuitive understanding of their nuances. She also offers invaluable explanations that are hard to find elsewhere, such as "...taking eight drops does not double the effect of four drops. Instead the return to balance depends on how often we take the effective dose."
Simply, beautifully and well written, this book is a must for anyone interested in healing with Bach Flowers - no matter what level of knowledge you have.
~ India Penney, Westport, CT
If you currently have a family or are working through issues of your childhood family or if you just want to broaden your understanding of your role and impact on the "bigger picture family" of Humankind - Healing the Family with Bach Flower Essences is the book for you! A well-written, user-friendly guide that will help you accurately and with confidence select remedies to help shift, change and transmute lifelong emotional challenges and personality imbalances.
~ Nancy SantoPietro, Chakracologist, Feng Shui Expert. Author of Feng Shui & Health: The Anatomy of A Home. Brooklyn, NY
Soo Hwa Yeo's Healing The Family is a must read for anyone who needs to get out of the emotional imprisonment of negative energy. The most uplifting assurance in the book is that one doesn't need to remain in the destructive grip of fear, anxiety, anger and jealousy for the rest of one's life. These negative emotions can be dispelled with the help Bach Flower Essence therapy and be replaced by hope and positive well-being. The author very clearly describes how the essences dilute the negative attitudes that are entrenched within us, some for a very long time. Because of the essences she recommended, I feel so much better already. I suggest anyone who is looking for a way to improve their health and well-being to read this excellent book.
~ Greg Soares, San Francisco, CA
Healing The Family by Soo Hwa Yeo is the best book on Bach Flower Remedies that I have read. Soo Hwa adds a spiritual depth and a logical approach to working with the remedies. She gives examples of everyday situations, i.e. marriage, moving, children, loss of a loved one, etc, that you can work with. She touches on the subtle qualities of each essence that other authors have not. Her knowledge of the remedies is apparent. The book leaves you wanting to know more about the essences. I can't wait for her to write another! I recommend this book highly!
~ A. Johnson, Alameda, CA