The term "Indigo Child" comes from psychic and synesthete Nancy Ann Tappe, who classified people's personalities according to the hue of their auras.
Usually each universal age is accompanied by a preponderance of people with that life color. For instance now most adults are either Blue or Violet, the two colors with the attributes most needed in this the Violet Age of transition. During the next age, the Indigo Age, Indigo colors will be the norm (Understanding Your Life Through Color 1982).
According to Tappe,
The Indigo phenomenon has been recognized as one of the most exciting changes in human nature ever documented in society. The Indigo label describes the energy pattern of human behavior which exists in over 95% of the children born in the last 10 years … This phenomena is happening globally and eventually the Indigos will replace all other colors. As small children, Indigo’s are easy to recognize by their unusually large, clear eyes. Extremely bright, precocious children with an amazing memory and a strong desire to live instinctively, these children of the next millennium are sensitive, gifted souls with an evolved consciousness who have come here to help change the vibrations of our lives and create one land, one globe and one species. They are our bridge to the future.
According to Peggy Day and Susan Gale, the emergence of the Indigo children was foretold by Edgar Cayce long before Tappe's aura labeling.
The Indigo Children is a book by Lee Carroll, a channeler for an entity he calls Kryon, and his wife Jan Tober.
Carroll was an economics major who ran a technical audio business for 30 years until a visit to a psychic prompted a New Age midlife crisis. He found religion and started traveling around the world giving "self-help" seminars. Accompanying him was Tober, a practitioner of metaphysics and hands-on healing as well as a jazz singer who had toured with Benny Goodman and Fred Astaire (Krider 2002).
Kyron has revealed such important messages as "love is the most powerful force in the entire universe." Carroll and Tober travel the world putting on Kryon seminars. Kryon has many interests, including the Universal Calibration Lattice and EMF Balancing (empowerment through knowledge of your electromagnetic nature, i.e., how to manage your energy field which consist of "fibers of light and energy").
One thesis of The Indigo Children seems to be that many children diagnosed as having attention deficit disorder (ADD) or ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) represent "a new kind of evolution of humanity."These children don't need drugs like Ritalin, but special care and training. The book consists of dozens of articles by authors from many walks of life. It is, accordingly. One of the authors is Robert Gerard, Ph.D., whose piece is called "Emissaries from Heaven." He believes his daughter is an Indigo Child. He also thinks "Most Indigos see angels and other beings in the etheric." He runs Oughten House Foundation, Inc., and sells angel cards. Another contributor is Doreen Virtue, an advocate of angel therapy who has found an even further evolved generation of children is now emerging: the Crystal children.
Not all the contributors are on the fringe of New Age metaphysics, however. For example, Dr. Judith Spitler McKee is a former preschool and elementary teacher and retired Eastern Michigan University professor. She spends her time trying to interest children in reading.
Those who support the concept claim the proportion of 'indigos' in recent times to be very large and increasing, rising from 85% in 1992 to 95% at some point after 1994. In previous decades the proportion is claimed to have been much lower. There are, however, no verfiable statistics to back these claims up, let alone a methodology for identifying or classifying an "indigo child."
Although Carroll states that while most of the traits of indigos are physically observable, the indigo child concept is also metaphysical in nature. Carroll describes himself as a channeller for Kryon, a supposed angelic being that he claims exists. One of the book's six chapters focuses on the supposed spiritual aspects of claimed indigos, and includes information that is best classified as new age metaphysical or pseudoscientific. Some individuals believe the "arrival" of these supposed indigo children is wholly a spiritual phenomenon, and that indigo children are supposedly the beginning of a new hybrid, possibly alien. Spiritual author Doreen Virtue has also written books on this topic and another group of children called Crystal Children - all semantics as we search for answers.
According to Carroll and Tober, "the Indigo Child is a boy or girl who displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes, revealing a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before." They assert these children are often misdiagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and they advise parents to avoid medicating these children for that condition despite warnings from legitimate doctors. This pattern, they claim, has unique factors that call on parents and teachers to change their treatment and upbringing of these children in order to assist them in achieving balance and harmony in their lives, and to help them avoid frustration.
The title "indigo children" was originally given to people with the ten attributes described below who were mainly born in the period from 1975 through 1995. Some sources use the term "crystal children" to describe indigos at a young age (younger than age 7); and some state that the children being born today (after the year 2000) are "crystal children" who are more sensitive and spiritually connected than the indigos, who they claim are more warrior-like in nature. Carroll and Tober have not detailed why their classification is particularly more useful or accurate than approaches based on conventional child psychology and sociology; rather, they claim the list was "channeled" by Carroll from a mystical entity they call Kryon. I am not much into metaphysical channeling.
Carroll and Tober identify ten attributes that they claim describe the indigo child:
They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it).
They have a feeling of "deserving to be here," and are surprised when others don't share that.
Self-worth is not a big issue; they often tell the parents "who they are."
They have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice).
They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line is difficult for them.
They get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented and don't require creative thought.
They often see better ways of doing things, both at home and in school, which makes them seem like "system busters" (nonconforming to any system).
They seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inward, feeling like no other human understands them. School is often extremely difficult for them socially.
They will not respond to "guilt" discipline ("Wait till your father gets home and finds out what you did").
They are not shy in letting it be known what they need.
This list makes certain people feel special - just as the old Starseed Quiz created by Brad Steiger years ago when those who sought special purpose found themselves scoring high on the test.
We are searchers who often become healers and helpers. We often use labels - where none should exist.
Again we asked ... how well do the Star Seeds and Indigo Children born years ago, function? Didn't their true issues eventually surface in their late teens [bi-polar disorders among other challenges] - and early 20's when they became lost in society?
The traits listed above are not unique. They are observable in most children. This supposed new type of child is believed by them to have come forward for a reason; most often suggested is that they will improve the world in some way. The changes generally discussed involve bringing peace, toppling corrupt institutions, and a shift from allopathic medicine to a greater understanding of more natural alternatives. According to many believers, indigo children are more in touch with a so-called "universal truth," and do not tolerate or understand behaviors or systems that are not in harmony with it. Indigo children are sometimes said to possess an extreme longevity, with a lifespan of several hundred years. There is no evidence to substantiate this claim.
It is possible to use the traits assigned to supposed indigo Children as a weakly scientific observation of social trends, rather than as a signifier of a new race or form of consciousness. Educators, generally, have not embraced the indigo child supposition for lack of evidence. Some alternative educators have accepted the indigo concept, and have related their mission to the needs of so-called indigo children. Philosophies that resonate with indigos' supposed style of learning may include experiential education, multiple intelligence strategies, project-based learning, unschooling, and student-centered learning.
Alleged indigo children are often the offspring of "new age" parents. Exposed to new age thinking, it might be taken as unsurprising that the children possess a greater fluency of 'spiritual language' than earlier generations. Having been told that the vast majority of children are now "indigos", new age parents in fear of suppressing this 'special' generation may be encouraging behaviors that would otherwise have been thought antisocial. The traits listed by the authors could be interpreted as simple arrogance and selfish individualism if not backed up by evidence of above-average spiritual awareness (compassion, love, desire for harmony, etc.) by the child designated as "indigo".
The schema of a very gifted person being troubled during childhood is common in Western society, and parents may prefer to believe a child who has trouble fitting in is especially gifted rather than suffering from a condition like ADD. Some claim the labeling of a child as "indigo" is irresponsible as it may keep children shielded from scientific diagnosis, and for increasing the pressure on already struggling children by unrealistically raising parental expectation.
Supporters of the theory argue that there is little benefit in discussing this theory with skeptics. According to this argument, skeptics are already determined to disbelieve anything associated with the new-age movement, and thus exhibit systemic bias. Believers point to interviews done with the "indigo" children and their parents, and observations of the children, as proof of the validity of the idea of "indigo" children. They may also use the example of Kirlian photography (itself under debate) as evidence of "auras".
In metaphysics we talk about DNA codes being activated at this time and Indigo children born activated. Many parents want their children to be special in the spiritual sense and can easily misconstrue abnormal behavior to mean their child has 'special gifts' and a mission encoded within the child's DNA.
All young children have psychic abilities and generally love one or more forms of creativity. A balanced child will display their abilities as such - while a child with problems will act out and early-on show that they have problems that must be addressed. There have always been children who fall into the many categories of functioning and dysfunctioning we use to define childhood patterns.
Parenting an Indigo needs child
Offer your child every opportunity to excel at whatever they are interested in as their patterns change as they develop. Allow your children to feel special - without pressuring them unnecessarily. Love, compassion, and understanding of your needs and those of your child are most important. Remember that when they are grown their issues must ultimately be addressed - as do yours.
If these children are meant to play some important role in the future of history of the planet - or whatever belief system you have or see for them - they will find it.
Be realisitic about these children and the DNA code from which they came. Watch for patterns in the family. It's all there. If your child has special needs - do not blow them off as Indigo or Crystal Children. Address emotional issues and learning challenges as you would physical needs.
If your child cannot function with others - or you suspect problems based on behavior - please have the child evaluated. You may want to be evaluated as well for ADHD or other symptoms that have always hindered your growth academically or emotionally. At least you will know any underlining conditions and can deal with diet, allergies, and things you may not know exist, but are now being recognized and studied.
We are in a time of self-healing and self-awareness. As a parent, know what you are dealing with and get help if you do not know how to parent your child's special needs.
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