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The adjective "indigo" is used here, because it is alleged that these children appear with an indigo-hued aura. But of course, there is no scientific basis whatsoever, for the concept of an "aura," let alone what is believed to be an "indigo child".

 

Indigo child

An Indigo Child

 

Indigo Children

"The Indigo Children" a book, written by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober was what fashioned and popularized the term "Indigo Children", not to be confused by children with genetically linked psychic abilities.

 

Jan Tober and Lee Carroll

Jan Tober and Lee Carroll

 

The Indigo Children by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober

"The Indigo Children" by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober

 

Kyron

Lee Carroll, claims to have learned of the concept of Indigo children via alleged, conversations with a spiritual entity which he called "Kryon."

 

Indigo-hued Aura

The adjective "indigo" is used here, because it is alleged that these children appear with an indigo-hued aura. But of course, there is no scientific basis whatsoever, for the concept of an "aura," let alone what is believed to be an "indigo child".

 

Claims of a rising Indigo children population

Those who support the concept of Indigo children, claim the alleged proportion of 'indigos' in recent times, are very large and increasing, rising from 85% in 1992 to 95% at some point after 1994.

 

In previous decades the alleged proportion is claimed to have been much lower.

 

Qualifying claimed statistics

There are, however, no verifiable or reliable statistics to qualify or support these claims, let alone a reliable methodology for identifying or classifying an "indigo child".

 

Metaphysical

Although Lee Carroll states that while most of the traits of indigos are physically observable, (and there is no evidence of this), the indigo child concept is also somewhat metaphysical in nature.

 

Kyron Channeler

Lee Carroll describes himself as being a channeler for Kryon, an alleged 'angelic being' which he claims exists.

 

Pseudoscientific

One of the book's ("The Indigo Children") six chapters, focuses on the alleged spiritual aspects of claimed Indigo children, and includes information that is best classified as new age metaphysical or to say the least, pseudoscientific.

 

Aliens

Some individuals believe the "arrival" of these alleged indigo children is wholly a spiritual phenomenon, and that the alleged indigo children are supposedly the beginning of a new hybrid, possibly even alien!

 

 

Doreen Virtue

Doreen Virtue

 

Doreen Virtue

The famous Spiritual author, Doreen Virtue, has also written books Indigo children and indeed another group of children called the 'Crystal Children' - all semantics of course, as we search for answers.

 

Unique psychological attributes

According to Carroll and Tober, "the Indigo Child is a girl or boy child who displays a new and unusual set of unique psychological attributes, revealing a pattern of behavior generally and seemingly undocumented before."

 

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Lee Carroll and Jan Toben insist that these children are often misdiagnosed with Attention-Deficit Disorder or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and they advise the parents of the so-called 'Indigo children, to avoid medicating these children for that condition, despite warnings from legitimate doctors, which could be damaging to children displaying these disorders.

 

This pattern, claims Lee Carroll and Jan Toben, has unique factors that call on parents and teachers to alter their treatment and the upbringing of these children, in order to assist them better in achieving balance and harmony in their lives, and to help them avoid likely frustration.

 

1975 to 1995 = Indigo child era

The title "indigo children" was originally given to people with the ten very unique attributes, (as detailed below), who were mainly born in the period from 1975 through 1995.

 

Crystal Children

Other sources of related theories, use the term "crystal children" to describe indigos at a young age (as in younger than age 7); and some sources state that the children being born today (post the year 2000) are "crystal children" who are far more sensitive and more spiritually connected than the indigos, who they alleged to be more 'warrior-like' in nature.

 

Mystical entity

Lee Carroll and Jan Tober have not offered a detailed explanation as to why their classification is particularly more useful or accurate than other approaches based on conventional child psychology and sociology; but rather, they claim that their list of alleged characteristics for 'Indigo children,, were "channeled" by Carroll from an alleged mystical entity they have named as 'Kryon'.

 

Lee Carroll and Jan Tober's alleged 10 attributes of Indigo children

(1) Indigo children allegedly come into this world with a feeling of royalty (and they often act like they are Royal!).

(2) Indigo children have a feeling of "deserving to be here," as if their being here is some sort of calling or karmic right, and they are surprised when others don't share the same view!

(3) Indigo children will simply not do certain things; for example, waiting in line or queue is difficult for them!

(4) Indigo children get somewhat frustrated with 'systems' that are 'ritually oriented' and of which, don't require 'creative thought' and are somewhat 'mundane'.

(5) The self-worth of Indigo children is not a big issue; they often tell their parents "who they are - special Indigo children"!

(6) Indigo children allegedly have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice especially)!

(7) Characteristically, Indigo children often see better ways of doing things, both at home and in their schools, and of course this makes them seem like "system shirkers" (who are nonconforming to any system).

(8) Indigo children are certainly not shy in letting it be known what they need!

(9) Indigo children, will never respond to the "guilt" discipline (I. "Wait till your father gets home and finds out what you did" etc).

(10 Indigo children can appear to be somewhat antisocial, unless they are with their own kind. And if there are no others of like consciousness around them, they will often turn inward or introspective, whilst feeling like no other human around, understands them. School is often extremely very difficult for them, particularly, socially.

 

'Star seeds' and 'Indigo children'

These were just a titles for those with emotional problems and learning difficulties, with parents rationalizing that their children were here with some form of special purpose for the future of our changing world and its changing realities.

 

Contribution to the human equation

After many years of anguish, most of these alleged special children, have been found to be clinically diagnosed - and of course, endless ways to help them have emerged - so maybe that was their contribution to the human equation?

 

Thriving versus crime to suicide

Some Indigo children, have thrived in their own way, while others had rather more negative destines - from perhaps crime to suicide.

 

Most Indigo children don't want their own children

Most Indigo children do not want to have their own children, their own lives having been a struggle, in order that they can merely handle each passing day.

 

The Indigo children traits as listed above, are not unique. They are observable in most children.

 

Improve the world

Indigo children are supposed new type of child and it is believed by them that they have come forward for a reason; and most often it is suggested that they will improve the world in some way.

 

Peace warriors

The changes generally discussed, involve bringing world peace, toppling unjust and corrupt institutions, and a shift from allopathic medicine to a greater understanding of more natural alternatives/medicines.

 

In essence it would appear that Indigo children are accredited to being 'peace warriors'.

 

'Universal truth'

According to many believers in the concept of Indigo children, indigo children are more in touch with a alleged "universal truth," and do not tolerate or comprehend behaviors or systems, that are not harmonious with 'universal truth'.

 

Lifespan of several hundred years?!

Indigo children are often said to possess a destiny toward extreme longevity, with a lifespan of several hundred years! There is of course, no evidence to substantiate this claim!

 

New race or consciousness?

It is of course possible to use the traits assigned to alleged indigo Children as a somewhat weakly scientific observation of social trends, rather than as a signifier of a new superior form of human race or indeed form of new consciousness.

 

Indigo child mission?

Educators, generally, have not seemingly embraced the indigo child supposition in spite of its lack of evidence. In fact, some alternative educators have actually accepted the indigo concept, and have related their mission on the earth plane to the needs of alleged indigo children.

 

Multiple intelligence strategies

Philosophies that tend to resonate with indigos children's supposed style and mode of learning, may include a more experiential style of education, involving multiple intelligence strategies, a more project-based learning, more home schooling, and more student-centered learning.

 

The ardent critics of indigo children, which include some of the most established sciences, claim that it is not a legitimate scientific way of one understanding associated social changes.

 

"Space aliens"!

The so-called 'Skeptic's Dictionary' asserts: "the main thesis of 'The Indigo Children' is that many children who have been diagnosed as having Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are actually a race of 'space aliens"!

 

Protoscience versus pseudoscience

Believers in this profound concept, have proposed classifying it as a protoscience rather than pseudoscience.

 

No evidence

However, skeptics point out that no proponent of "indigo children" has ever provided a single piece of accredited or verifiable evidence to support their claims.

 

Offspring of 'New Age' parents

The alleged indigo children, are often the regarded as the offspring of "new age" parents.

 

Greater fluency and comprehension of 'spiritual language'

Having been exposed to new age thinking, it might be taken as unsurprising that these children possess a greater fluency and comprehension of 'spiritual language' than earlier generations.

 

Breeding the anti-social?

Having been told that a vast majority of children are now regarded as being "indigo children", new age parents in fear of suppressing this rather 'special' generation, may be found to be encouraging behaviors that would otherwise have been thought anti-social.

 

'Above-average spiritual awareness'

The traits listed by its authors - Lee Carroll and Jan Toben, could be interpreted as simply arrogance and somewhat selfish individualism, given that their claims are not backed up by any tangible more scientific evidence of the alleged 'above-average spiritual awareness' (this being akin to greater and deeper compassion, love, desire for harmony, etc.) by the child designated as and "indigo child".

 

More flattering hypothesis

Just as many people may be inclined towards astrology, because it presents believers with mostly flattering and complimentary accounts of themselves, critics of the Indigo children concepts, claim that parents relate to the hypothesis, because it provides a more flattering conclusion and viewpoint of their children, as opposed to that of conventional science.

 

Shielded from scientific, medical or psychiatric diagnosis

The representational model or theory, of a very gifted person, perhaps being troubled during childhood, is all too common in Western society today, and parents prefer to believe a child who has trouble fitting in, may be especially gifted, as opposed to be suffering from a condition like ADD. Some claim the labeling of a child as and "Indigo child" is somewhat irresponsible, as it may lead to children being shielded from scientific, medical or psychiatric diagnosis, and subsequently increasing the pressure on already struggling children, by unrealistically raising parental expectations of them in the process, which of course will, in turn, exacerbate the problems or underlying problems.

 

Supporters of the theory of 'Indigo children', will argue that there is little benefit to discussing this theory with skeptics, of course!

 

Skeptics

According to this ongoing argument, skeptics are already very robustly determined to disbelieve anything associated with the new-age movement or associated rhetorics, and thus exhibit ensuing systemic bias.

 

Kirlian photography

Kirlian photography

 

Kirlian photography and aura's

Believers point to interviews done with the Indigo children, their parents, and any 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 fierce debate) as evidence of alleged "auras".

 

The parenting the Special Needs Child

The most important and perhaps vital part of parenting, is early the recognition of the issues or concerns which are faced by your child and the importance of perhaps vital early intervention.

 

There are many venues globally, from western to alternative medicine in which to explore the concepts of the alleged 'Indigo child'.

 

This is not unlike the journey of the young adult out there in the world to discover their challenges and how to best they might cope with them - indeed, coping methods changing, as one's consciousness changes.

 

Most of all you need to be honest with your situation so that your child becomes informed of their needs - and also of yours as their parent.

 

Wikipedia

To quote "Wikipedia", on its slant in relation to Indigo children it states -

 

"Pseudoscientific New Age concept"

"Indigo children, according to a pseudoscientific New Age concept, are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities.

 

Nancy Anne Tappe

Nancy Anne Tappe (1931 - 2012)

 

Nancy Ann Tappe

The idea is based on concepts developed in the 1970s by Nancy Ann Tappe and further developed by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll.

 

The concept of indigo children gained popular interest with the publication of a series of books in the late 1990s and the release of several films in the following decade.

 

A variety of books, conferences and related materials have been created surrounding belief in the idea of Indigo children and their nature and abilities.

 

Next stage in human evolution

The interpretations of these beliefs range from their being the next stage in human evolution, in some cases possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, to the belief that they are more empathetic and creative than their peers.

 

Indigo children are special

Although no scientific studies give credibility to the existence of indigo children or their traits, the phenomenon appeals to some parents whose children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and to parents seeking to believe that their children are special.

 

Avoidance of paediatric treatment or a psychiatric diagnosis

Critics view this as a way for parents to avoid considering paediatric treatment or a psychiatric diagnosis.

 

Vague traits

The list of traits used to describe the children has also been criticized for being vague enough to be applied to almost anyone, a form of the Forer effect".

 

Synsthete and psychic

The term "indigo children" originated with parapsychologist and self-described synesthete and psychic Nancy Ann Tappe, who developed the concept in the 1970s.

 

"Understanding Your Life Through Color" - Tappe

Tappe published the book Understanding Your Life Through Color in 1982 describing the concept stating that during the mid-1960s she began noticing that many children were being born with "indigo" auras  (in other publications Tappe said the color indigo came from the "life colors" of the children which she acquired through her synesthesia).

 

"The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived" - Carroll and Tober

The idea was later popularized by the 1998 book The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, written by husband and wife self-help lecturers Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. In 2002, an international conference on indigo children was held in Hawaii, drawing 600 attendees, with subsequent conferences the following years in Florida and Oregon.

 

 

James Twyman

James Twyman

 

Several films have also been produced on the subject, including two English feature films in 2003 and 2005, and a documentary in 2005 (both the latter were directed by James Twyman, a New Age writer).

 

 

Sarah W Whedon - Nova Religio

Sarah W. Whedon suggests in a 2009 article in Nova Religio that the social construction of indigo children is a response to an "apparent crisis of American childhood" in the form of increased youth violence and diagnoses of attention deficit disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Whedon believes parents label their children as "indigo" to provide an alternative explanation for their children's improper behavior stemming from ADD and ADHD.

 

Claimed characteristics

Descriptions of indigo children include that they:

 

Are empathetic, curious, and strong-willed
Are often perceived by friends and family as being strange
Possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose
Show a strong innate subconscious spirituality from early childhood (which, however, does not necessarily imply a direct interest in spiritual or religious areas). Have a strong feeling of entitlement, or deserving to be here.


Other alleged traits include:

 

High intelligence quotient

Inherent intuitive ability

 

Resistance to rigid, control-based paradigms of authority.


According to Tober and Carroll, indigo children may function poorly in conventional schools due to their rejection of rigid authority, their being smarter or more spiritually mature than their teachers, and their lack of response to guilt-, fear- or manipulation-based discipline.

 

'Forer' effect

According to research psychologist Russell Barkley, the New Age movement has yet to produce empirical evidence of the existence of indigo children, as the traits most commonly attributed to them are closely aligned with the Forer effect—so vague that they could describe nearly anyone.

 

Sham diagnosis

Many critics see the concept of indigo children as made up of extremely general traits, a sham diagnosis that is an alternative to a medical diagnosis, with a complete lack of science or studies to support it.

 

The Care and Feeding of Indigos - Doreen Virtue

The lack of scientific foundation is acknowledged by some believers, including Doreen Virtue, author of The Care and Feeding of Indigos, and James Twyman, who produced two films on indigo children and who offers materials and courses related to the phenomenon.

 

Virtue has been criticized for claiming to have a Ph.D.

Virtue has been criticized for claiming to have a Ph.D., despite this being awarded by California Coast University, a then-unaccredited institution sometimes accused of being a diploma mill.

 

Indigo as an alternative to diagnosis

Retired professor of philosophy and skeptic Robert Todd Carroll notes that many of the commentators on the indigo phenomenon are of varying qualifications and expertise, and parents may prefer labeling their child an indigo as an alternative to a diagnosis that implies poor parenting, narcissistic parenting, damage or mental illness.

 

Labeling by mental health experts

This is a belief echoed by academic psychologists. Some mental health experts are concerned that labeling a disruptive child an "indigo" may delay proper diagnosis and treatment that could help the child or look into the parenting style that may be causing the behavior.

 

Prosaically interpreted as simple unruliness and alertness

Others have stated that many of the traits of indigo children could be more prosaically interpreted as simple unruliness and alertness.

 

Relationship to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

Many children labeled indigo by their parents are diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tober and Carroll's book "The Indigo Children", linked the concept with diagnosis of ADHD.

 

David Cohen

David Cohen points out that labeling a child an indigo is an alternative to a diagnosis that implies mental illness, which may appeal to many parents.

 

Cohen has stated, "The view in medicine is that ADHD is a defect. It's a disorder. If you're a parent, the idea of 'gifted' is much more appealing than the idea of a disorder."Linking the concept of indigo children with the distaste for the use of Ritalin to control ADHD, Robert Todd Carroll states: "The hype and near-hysteria surrounding the use of Ritalin has contributed to an atmosphere that makes it possible for a book like Indigo Children to be taken seriously.

 

Given the choice, who wouldn't rather believe their children are special and chosen for some high mission rather than that they have a brain disorder?"

 

Professor Stephen P Hinshaw

Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology

 

Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology

Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, states that concerns regarding the overmedicalization of children are legitimate but even gifted children with ADHD learn better with more structure rather than less, even if the structure initially causes difficulties.

 

Many Indigo children have been home schooled

Many labeled as indigo children are or have been home schooled. Many children labeled as indigo children have the same identifying criteria as those children who have experienced being raised by a narcissistic parent, and are considered to have been emotionally abused.

 

ADHD

A 2011 study suggested parents of children with ADHD who label their children as "indigos" may perceive problematic behaviors emblematic of ADHD to be more positive and experience less frustration and disappointment, though they still experience more negative emotions and conflicts than parents of children without a diagnosis.

 

Relation to autism

Crystal children, a concept related to indigo children, has been linked to the autistic spectrum. Proponents re categorize autistic symptoms as telepathic powers, and attempt to "‍[re conceptualize] the autistic traits associated with them as part of a positive identity".

 

Dr Mitzi Waltz

Dr. Mitzi Waltz

 

Mitzi Waltz

Autism researcher Mitzi Waltz states that there may be inherent dangers to these beliefs, leading parents to deny the existence of impairments, avoid proven treatments and spend considerable money on unhelpful interventions.

Waltz states that "Parents may also transmit belief systems to the child that are self-aggrandizing, confusing, or potentially frightening".

 

Commercialization

The concept of indigo children has been criticized for being less about children and their needs, and more about the profits to be made by self-styled experts in book and video sales as well as lucrative counseling sessions, summer camps, conferences and speaking engagements.

 

Discussion as a new religious movement

Nancy Ann Tappe originally noted that one type of Indigo child (the "inter dimensional child"), despite being seen as a bully, was expected to lead new religious movements.

 

Pagan author Lorna Tedder

Pagan author Lorna Tedder

 

Pagan author Lorna Tedder

One Pagan author, Lorna Tedder, anecdotally notes that every Pagan woman she knew who had or was going to have a child believed their child was an Indigo child.

 

S. Zohreh Kermani

S. Zohreh Kermani explains that "Despite their problems with authority, uncontrollable tempers, and overbearing egos, Indigo Children are many Pagan parents' ideal offspring: sensitive, psychic, and strong willed," but also notes the concept is less about the child's psychic abilities than the parent's own hopes and desire for "distinction from the less-evolved masses."

 

Daniel Kline

Daniel Kline, in an essay titled "The New Kids: Indigo Children and New Age Discourse," notes that the magical belief that the innocence of children equates to spiritual powers has existed for centuries, and that the indigo child movement is rooted in a religious rejection of science-based medicine. In particular, he claims that Nancy Ann Tappe derived some of her ideas from Charles Webster Leadbeater (her main innovation being emphasizing the connection between children and the color indigo), and that the New Age adoption of the concept is a reaction against diagnoses of ADD, ADHD, and autism.

 

Kline also discusses how Carroll and Tober have tried to distance themselves from religious beliefs about indigo children in order to maintain control of the concept (even recanting their previous affirmations about auras), and how skeptics and New Agers alike both make rhetorical appeals to science (despite the latter's rejection of it) to legitimize their ideological beliefs regarding the existence of indigo children.

 

Beth Singler

Beth Singler

 

Beth Singler

At the 2014 University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas, anthropologist Beth Singler discussed how the term indigo children functioned as a new religious movement, along with Jediism.

 

Singler's work focuses in the Indigo movement as a part of an overall discussion on "wider moral panics around children, parenting, the diagnosis of conditions such as ADHD and autism and conspiracy theories about Big Pharma and vaccinations.

 

Indigo children test

There is a test to see if your child is an "Indigo child" to take the test go HERE.

 

Have fun taking the test!

 

Apparently - "Although all Indigo Children are Light workers, not all Light workers are Indigo Children. There may be another subgroup that better defines you, however, only you can know where you truly belong. Some other subgroups of Light workers include peaceful Crystal and Rainbow Children, loving Incarnated Angels, playful Elementals, omniscient Wise Ones, gentle Pleiadeans, and many more other Star seed types" - this is what a part of the result of my test stated!

 

How about you? Are you an Indigo child too?! Go see!

 

Thanks for reading!

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Kaz xx

 

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