Indigo Children, Or Hyperactive Brats?
Sounds pretty far out there, huh?
What is an indigo child? The reason why a special child is labelled indigo is because of the prevailing blue hue their auras have. This represents a highly developed "third eye." Lee Carroll and Jan Tobler are the most visible proponents of the indigo children's existence, have come up with a list to identifiy such special children. Some of their characteristcs include:
- They come into the world feeling like royalty, and often act like it
- They have difficulty with absolute authority
- They won't do mudane things like wait in line
- They are often seen as anti-social unless they are surrounded by other indigo children
- They get frustrated with tasks that require no creativity
- They are not shy in letting you know what they need
I'm going to inject just a little bit of grounded reality for a second. The above descriptions sound like they're describing a creative, outgoing, and independent kid. And if you generalize, those attributes can be related to almost every child.
Indigo children experts say that many of these exceptional kids are misdiagnosed as having Attention-Deficit Disorder or even Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. They also want parents to stop medicating their kids, despite what their medical doctors are telling them. With this, I tend to agree. Having been a teacher, I do believe we medicate too quickly.
So, what are some of these extraordinary abilities indigo children have?
They are highly intuitive. Indigo children apparently have the ability to almost read your mind, and they are very sensitive and empathic of others. They are wise beyond their years, often speaking like adults and finding new and creative ways of doing things. Many indigo children have the ability to heal others. Parents say their indigo child is a natural master, often mastering tasks with incredible ease. Indigo children have also been known to talk about past lives, angels, talking to spirits, and even predicting the future. I feel like hugging a crystal now.
Because indigo children are so gifted, they often have a difficult time in an average school setting. They don't see the point in doing a lot of the school work, they don't take direction too well and often rebel against authority. They are bored at school and have problems interacting with "average" kids. Indigo children are frustrated in the traditional classroom setting, and parents believe that's why doctors label their kids as having ADD, ADHD, or even behavior disorders.
Parents often homeschool their indigo children, and there is a growing number of "alternative" schools out there. The traditional education system has discounted the metaphysical aspect of the indigo phenomena, and instead attribute it more to social trends (i.e. student-centered learning) and having to simply deal with exceptional children that do need to be challenged.
As far as parents who claim their kids are indigo children, I see two main psychological reasons why they might be doing this and getting involved in the indigo movement:
First of all, there is a growing number of people that are breaking away from traditional religious institutions, but keep their spirituality intact. Indigo children come from these "New Age" parents, and Mom and Dad probably encourage indigo-like behavior. For example, a child may have an imaginary friend, but the parents will attribute that to the kid talking to an angel and talk about it with their child as such.
Secondly, what parent wouldn't want their child to be labeled as special - or part of a new evolution of humankind? You've come across doting parents, I'm sure. Their child can do no wrong and everything their little tyke can do it "special."
And if their child is having problems at school, it's preferential to say your child is an indigo, part of a higher consciousness of existance, then to say your kid cannot pay attention in class. Who likes to admit their kid might have ADD or ADHD? It's easier for a parent to say their child is exceptional and gifted instead of admitting their child has a behavior disorder or attention issues.
At this stage, there still has been absolutely no scientific and verifiable piece of evidence to support the indigo children's claims. Educators must provide outlets for exceptional kids - indigo or not. But at the same time, parents must not be so quick to label their own children as mystical and powerful beings either, as much as they'd like to. They must at times concede that their kid, at the very least, is a spoiled brat.
So the next time you're out at the mall or grocery store, and you see some three year old throwing a tantrum on the floor, just keep in mind that they are probably an indigo child...and that even higher beings can throw hissy fits.