Awakening Through Anxiety

A Journey to Finding One's True Self

Non-Fiction - Self Help
202 Pages
Reviewed on 10/12/2021
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Reviewed by Asher Syed for Readers' Favorite

Awakening Through Anxiety: A Journey to Finding One's True Self by Amy Blakeslee is a non-fiction self-help memoir that harnesses the prior pain of its author and guides the reader to a path of their own making. Blakeslee begins with a profoundly honest analysis of her own past, unpeeling layers of childhood trauma that shaped into moments of intense anxiety as an adult, which ultimately transitioned into a constant thread of anxiety that consumed with abandon. Through this and over the course of an ambitious thirty-eight chapters, hope is offered in the form of actionable choices intended to assist others in similar situations to come out from under a cloud of dread and bask in the light of their own beautiful soul.

I wasn't expecting to become so emotionally invested in Awakening Through Anxiety, but Amy Blakeslee took me there. It took some time, though, and a massive amount of honesty from myself. I connected with the chapter Energy is Everything because it just felt so natural. The writing is extremely conversational, and Blakeslee's approach feels organic. The True-Self we are encouraged to engage with is hard to come by unless you are ready. It was when Blakeslee shared a story of a father blacking out on the lawn and a mother who tossed her children into a perpetual game of "which one of you is my favorite" that I knew we were on the same page. And I mean this literally. By the time I reached page 44, I was all-in. The exercises are simple and wonderfully freeing, with the True-Self Release Technique being the most poignant to me, and specifically the Release Technique for relationships. I'm nowhere near overcoming the fear of public speaking, but I am grateful to have the guidance to get there. Very highly recommended.

Pikasho Deka

Awakening Through Anxiety is a self-help guidebook as well as an inspirational memoir written by Amy Blakeslee. Blakeslee relates the harrowing circumstances in which she grew up and how they helped mold her into the person she later becomes. From growing up in absolute poverty with an angry and drunk father and a depressive narcissist for a mother to being abused by her uncle and later witnessing her parents' deaths, Blakeslee lays bare her life story with a brutally realistic flair that is bound to pluck at your heartstrings. She has developed a successful career in information technology by using some simple techniques that she discusses in the book. One of them is the importance of discovering one's True Self and using anxiety as a cautionary tool to deal with inner trauma.

Author Amy Blakeslee doesn't shy away from delving into serious topics such as mental health, abuse, depression, and trauma, showing keen insight and using examples from her own life. She provides accessible and easy-to-use ways to combat the pressures and tolls of daily life while showcasing ways to connect with your inner self to achieve spiritual and metaphysical enlightenment. There is a sense of authenticity to the narrative that makes the book more absorbing to read. The chapters interchange between Blakeslee's life story and providing self-help guiding techniques to enhance your living experience. Awakening Through Anxiety is one of the most inspirational books I've ever read. If you're feeling a bit lost, I highly recommend you give it a go.

Astrid Iustulin

Overcoming anxiety to unlock your potential and live the life you have always wanted is not easy when we have been through traumatic experiences or abuse. This is what happened to Amy Blakeslee, author of Awakening Through Anxiety: A Journey to Finding One's True Self, and now she is here to help you with your problems. In her insightful book, Blakeslee talks about her childhood and the difficult relationship with her parents and draws inspiration from her life to guide her readers. She aims to help them overcome their anxiety as she overcame her own and invites them to do simple exercises that will encourage them to reveal their True Self.

Awakening Through Anxiety is a great and useful book. Among its many qualities, there are two that I would like to highlight. The first is that Blakeslee does not give theoretical advice but rather refers to her personal background. By telling readers what happened to her, Blakeslee proves that she is someone they can relate to because she had the same problem as they do. This means that she is the right person to support them. The second positive aspect of Awakening Through Anxiety is the exercises. I highly recommend that readers do them all. I have tried them myself and must say that I have benefited extraordinarily. All readers who want to free themselves from anxiety and live a fulfilling life should read Awakening Through Anxiety and put Blakeslee's advice into practice right away. You are one book away from unleashing your true potential.