Patricia Swain


The fear of change, or metathesiophobia, is a phobia that causes people to avoid changing their circumstances due to being extremely afraid of the unknown. It is sometimes associated with the fear of moving, also known as tropophobia.
My son who is diagnosed with autism, had so many episodes of metathesiophobia. The episodes ceased because I literally took on his emotions! I had to envision what he was feeling, then immediately get rid of his fear as well as my own. What I feared was the unknown of how I would help him walk through, from fear to growth. He insisted on being Peter Pan, so I had to find the right timed pushes for him to excel in life. Our experiences are penned in the newly released book, Navigating Thru Autism. I will not assume that everyone visiting this site is aware of what autism is. The book gives broad insight of the characteristics my son and others exhibit. It is discounted here on this site as a welcome to this community. It talks of my son’s adolescent years and expounds on the determination I exhibited – assuring he’d develop into a productive young man. It’s full of concepts and strategies our family and community utilized to pull him out of his common place. Autism is a broad spectrum and mainly deals with diminished socializing. If I had not introduced new concepts to him, he could’ve possibly remained afraid to move from fear to flight.
Just like you have faith that your car will start when you put the key in the ignition, or believe that the seat will hold you when you sit down – that’s the confidence we need to have when standing in the gap for others, to help guide them through the fear, moving them forward!
After feeling his emotion of fear, I would meditate on how and when to approach him, knowing that my resilience would meet his resistance, and a war was inevitable. I know it was the Lord guiding me through these times and I relied on His Spirit to help my son. One scripture that motivates me to this day is:  God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1: 17) Each road block seemed easier to handle, because of the knowledge and faith I gained. I’m so thankful that God showed me how to:  take on his fear, get rid of it, then guide him through to the other side of fear- embarking on accomplishments!
You don’t want to hear someone telling you about how to navigate through marriage, divorce, disappointment, loss, if they haven’t experience it themselves. In the say way, we MUST take on the emotions of those who are struggling, if we want to help them across the destiny finish line. People can tell if you really feel their pain, whether you’ve experienced their situation or not.
These concepts help us all in life. I’ve seldom stated that those diagnosed with autism are showing us how to adjust in many areas of our lives. These Navigating Thru blogs are designed to reach everyone! This community seeks to reach the heart of people and want the very best for all of you. Set sail as we provide you with nuggets every month, to help guide you through life’s challenges!
Living a Kingdom driven life entails listening to the Lord’s instructions on how to proceed – it diminishes fear in our decision making. The Words of Jesus:  “Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
Until The  Next Blog~


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