Healthy, conscious living
IndigoChildren.com is a healthy, conscious lifestyle magazine with an emphasis on content for Indigo Children. We define Indigo Children as sensitive folks with a warrior’s passion for their life’s greater purpose. Our goal is to provide relevant lifestyle content that everyone can use to improve their quality of life and increase their consciousness.
Indigo Child, Abby Oliver, shares her real life experiences to humanize the story of Indigo Children everywhere. We hope to put many faces, names and stories to the Indigo Children concept to empower those who may relate.
Introducing author, speaker and Indigo Children expert Abby Oliver
Sometimes the best way for someone to identify with a particular group of people is to be a member themselves, and in the case of author, speaker and overall Indigo Children expert Abby Oliver, she just so happens to be an Indigo Child. Unfamiliar with the term? It was first coined in 1982 by author Nancy Ann Tappe who saw life in that very color as a result of a brain disease called synesthesia, though the idea eventually reached the mainstream masses by 1990 thanks to Lee Carol and his near million copy selling book Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived. From then until now, the media of many stripes have also taken note with The New York Times, ABC News, CNN and USA Today being amongst the many covering the topic.
“Indigo Children are a generation of highly intelligent, intuitive and sensitive people who are born with an intrinsic need to create a better world,” says Oliver of the Google search term that returns nearly three million results. “Unsatisfied with dysfunctional paradigms, they frequently offer creative and simple solutions for the masses while struggling to find their place in the everyday world.”
Often misdiagnosed with ADHD, autism, insomnia, depression or bipolar disorder because of their difficulty concentrating within the traditional school system or for simply not fitting in within their peer groups, Indigo Children possess a plethora of unique character traits such as being intuitive, wise beyond their years, highly creative, especially truthful, empathic, confident, rebellious, purposeful, sensitive, spiritual, mystical, lonely but still very capable of leading, and perhaps most unique, a warrior-like mindset when it comes to standing up for their beliefs.
Now in her 30s, Oliver has the perspective to see how many of these lifelong traits played a factor in her upbringing, and while she was always highly intellectual, her manner of creative expression rarely matched the methods of the conventional school system or work environment. Nonetheless, she went on to complete degrees from the University of Iowa in both journalism mass communication and religious studies and successfully transitioned into the professional publicity field prior to tapping into her inner Indigo Child. In fact, her self-discovery proved so powerful that she literally walked away from a highly lucrative and glamorous career where she represented such major music industry names as rock legend/Van Halen singer David Lee Roth, country superstars Willie Nelson and Toby Keith, iconic singer/songwriter Sinead O’Connor and even gospel great Michael W. Smith to become a voice and resource for the countless other misunderstood Indigo Children all across the globe.
“I feel like I was pushed, pulled, kicked and dragged in this direction than it really was a choice for me,” she asserts of the transition. “It started off as an issue of safety in my life. I felt like I wasn’t safe after dealing with some difficult relationships, becoming unsatisfied with work and even something as innocent sounding as having several different people bump into my car. I wanted to understand and do something about the way I was feeling, but couldn’t really put it into words. I simply tried to recall the last time in my life when I felt safe, and that was as a young girl. As I thought back to that time, I remembered being very intuitive, so I researched ‘intuition’ and that was the official beginning of my journey or conscious awakening.”
While still fully plugged into the publicity side of the entertainment industry, Oliver would nonetheless bring up her searching curiosity casually while meeting with friends, eventually finding her way onto a relevant email list (which included a profile about a child prodigy painter featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and identified as an Indigo Child), then reading books like the aforementioned Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived and psychologist Doreen Virtue’s equally seminal 2001 text The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children.
After compiling all of the evidence and comparing it to her own personality traits, Oliver officially came out as an Indigo Child (often likened to the experiencing of those who come out in the LGBT community by sharing the realization with their loved ones) and she took to social media to share her experience. “I had gone through the whole process of figuring out who I was and how to take care of myself, and while I was a step ahead of when I first started, I certainly wasn’t at the finish line,” she admits. “Nonetheless, I started communicating with other Indigo Children on a Facebook fan page, and they began reaching out to me personally. In a failed attempt to organize my new friends electronically, I unintentionally created a private Facebook group for Indigo Children. I couldn’t figure out how to delete it, and by the next morning, there were people having fascinating conversations in there and adding other Indigo Children they knew all over the world. So it all started literally overnight. I accepted my responsibility as the group’s moderator and they began calling me ‘Mama Indigo’ in acknowledgement of the way I was nurturing them.
The more Oliver dove into this social networking direction (which now includes thousands of friends and fans in over 20 countries as diverse as Australia, South Africa, Belgium and Indonesia), the more voids she noticed within the Indigo Children community, prompting her to take action like any well-versed publicist turned all around creative type would consider. For starters, she’s deep in the trenches of writing two fictional books, including INDIGO: The Awakening, inspired by real life struggles and success stories, as well as Lemuria, which taps into her mystical side to paint an adventure story about mermaids. That latter concept also applies to the family-friendly web series “Mermaid Miracles,” which in its first season has garnered over 12 million views and has Oliver embracing the versatile role of “Mermaid Specialist.”
And like many Indigo Children, her zeal for multi-tasking is literally endless, often extending to a public speaking role, guided meditation sessions, intuitive readings, plus future plans for launching a working ranch to serve the needs of Indigo Children. A video tutorial for Indigo Children to better understand themselves is also in the works, alongside The Indigo Diet recipe book (to help stimulate maximum focus) and Indigo Herbal Blends holistic teas (proposed as possible medication alternatives).
“Step one in achieving a healthy, conscious lifestyle is diet and step number two is meditation,” suggests Oliver of her overarching plan. “The right diet is different for everybody and I don’t advocate one thing or another, but organic is a great word and non-GMO is also really positive as well as local and raw. Some people prefer a vegan or vegetarian choice, though I don’t personally. I like to think of my body like a car that runs better when taken care of with the right diet and kept tuned up with the appropriate detoxing and cleansing. We also need to take care of the mind, which can start with something as simple as meditating for 15 minutes a day. This is a great place for Indigos to start, but it’s really a place where anybody can start. All of my different roles are definitely tied in with the Indigo Children topic, but there are also plenty of ways people who wouldn’t necessarily consider themselves Indigo can relate.”
However, in keeping with the Indigos’ warrior-like mindset, Oliver is a staunch advocate of social justice and promoting advocacy within schools, counseling settings and even correctional institutions about the many different facets of Indigo Children and how they might come into play with their students, clients and inmates. “Indigo Children fight against outdated traditional systems like our standard schools, they fight for their physical health and the right not to consume chemicals and they generally won’t give someone authority unless that person has earned it in their eyes,” Oliver continues. “I’d never be so audacious as to give any of these incredible people advice. I simply try to talk them through different options and tell them about the successes and failures of others I know who went through similar situations. Indigos are scattered all over the world and are often unique in their communities. Some people go determinedly after the label to simply associate themselves with something positive and that’s fine. The ones that truly relate to the label find a tremendous sense of relief when they identify it after experiencing life feeling so misunderstood. For those who are authentic Indigo Children, it is typically a starting point they strive to transcend eventually, because even labels are an old paradigm they aren’t totally comfortable with.”
Of course, like any subject that has an internet presence, there are bound to be skeptics and detractors with even the supposedly impartial Wikipedia taking some jabs at the Indigo Children concept. Pretty much any argument against their existence wouldn’t throw Oliver for a loop since she’s never felt like she belonged in the first place, but then again, the fact that she literally left behind her entire career to pursue this calling is undeniably striking evidence in its favor.
“I don’t need the concept of Indigo Children to be proven by science before I can offer people the opportunity to adapt a healthy, conscious lifestyle and feel supported in a community that understands them,” she sums up. “Time after time, people are leaving unnecessary medications behind for an organic diet or talking to me about things they’ve felt no one else could understand. There are plenty of scientific studies to support the existence of Indigo Children, but they come in bits and pieces rather than in one overarching package. I often feel like a sociologist at the beginning observation stage of this scientific investigation. In the end, I honestly don’t care when the concept of Indigo Children is scientifically proven as long as what I’m offering is helping the people who identify themselves in this way.”