In high school, I liked to browse the “New Age” section (obviously) of the Barnes & Noble. I’d almost always be alone when I did this, mostly because at the time, I didn’t want my friends to pass judgement or start asking questions about my religious beliefs. Regardless, I knew this was something I needed to do alone. During one of these trips, I found a book about Indigo Children, and almost instantly, a childhood memory was sparked. I had been called this term when I saw a psychic with a family member. I cannot pinpoint the exact time or place, but I specifically remember being called an indigo child.
This term is used to identify “gifted” children, and not in the educational sense. Indigos are sensitive, creative, and possess psychic strengths that can take on various forms. Referred to as “old souls”, indigos have a natural sense of psychic awareness and have the ability to almost ‘see through’ the bullshit of our societal norms. *Swoon* These kids are cool.
These are also the kids who will cry without prompting, and claim that it’s because someone indirectly “made them feel sad” from afar. (Cue my poor mother, having zero clue how to rationalize with an ‘irrational’ child). Or kids who assign colors to everything, like people, places, days of the week, numbers, letters, months, animals (see: Synesthesia). These kids have such finely-tuned intuitive perspectives that arguing with them is practically fruitless (Ask me one more time why I never liked any of my mother’s boyfriends.)
The color indigo is used to describe the aura of the soul. It has been a defining and consistent trait among the indigo babes.
Common Traits Among the Indigos- The Good and The Ugly
Indigos are authoritative, perceptive, and have an innate understanding of why they have been placed on this earth. They have high expectations of themselves (cue: sensitive), and if they do not meet those expectations, there is surely to be an explosive reaction. Sometimes, this reaction is strictly internal, but it is destructive nonetheless. The soul of an indigo may have a tendency to feel lost at times, resulting in a depressive state. They can become easily frustrated with themselves and the world around them, because they can CLEARLY see what others cannot. How can a child possibly rationalize with a grown human about the trajectory of our world and still be taken seriously?
As a teacher, I can practically spot the indigos immediately. You would think that these would be my “all-star” students, but that is not always so. These kids are tortured souls, and I can sometimes see myself reflected in them. These are the ones who are passionate, and school may not align with that passion.
Do you identify with these characteristics? Are you the parent to an indigo child? How can we begin to understand and, most importantly, listen to indigos? The worst thing that we can do as adults is stifle the voices of these kids, who so often understand more about this world than we do. It is time that we honor them and listen up!
Reference: Thanks to Andye Murphy for her article, 13 Signs You Are An Indigo Child