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11 Misconceptions About Indigo Children

11 Misconceptions About Indigo Children

Indigo Child Jay Kirton

Indigo Child Jay Kirton

Several months ago, I got a notification on my keyword alerts that a journalist was looking for Indigo Children to interview. I reached out to her on email, Facebook and Twitter but she never replied. Her news piece recently ran and it’s clear she had an agenda in reporting her own exploitive idea of Indigo Children. What an unfortunate missed opportunity to report on something important to so many of us.

On top of that, my alerts sent me to a message board where parents labeling their children with behavior disorders were mocking one young man who had come out as an Indigo Child to his mother. It was heartbreaking to read their uninformed comments and hateful plans to discourage him.

I will keep pushing my agenda for fair representation of my fellow Indigo Children and offering you a voice here. In the meantime, below are some of the top misconceptions about Indigo Children explained.

1. Indigo Children Is A Pseudoscientific Concept
This makes no sense. To my knowledge, no one has ever attempted to scientifically identify Indigo Children. Therefore, the claim that it is a pseudoscientific concept is completely false because we have not failed any scientific testing. I have never been contacted by anyone in a scientific profession and asked to be studied and don’t know a single Indigo Child who has. To date, I seem to have more social scientific data than anyone else on the topic. Rather than the self-professed experts who talk about these mysterious children, I have given you actual case studies and put faces and names to the concept.

2. Indigo Children Are Labeled By Their Parents Who Want Them To Be Special
Ha! My parents are politely trying to ignore my public life as an Indigo Child. I was so lucky growing up to have parents that allowed me to do my thing. They didn’t encourage it, but they also didn’t stifle me. When I started school, they told me my imaginary friends should wait for me at home. They did their best to help me be normal. I was special in other ways to them like when I scored well on a test or joined a school activity- normal special things.

I do hear about parents who call their small children Indigos, but personally I feel little ones have a lot of growing to do and could use plenty of freedom to become their true selves. I’ve had my suspicions about some young ones, but I’ll wait for them to tell me who they are when they’re ready. The majority of Indigo Children are self-diagnosed as young adults despite their parent’s objections.

Indigo Child Casey Dee by Nick Burkett

Indigo Child Casey Dee by Nick Burkett

3. Indigo Children Have Blue Eyes And Purple Auras
Omg stop it. Seriously. Stop it. The term Indigo Children actually has nothing to do with eye or aura color. NOTHING. Pleeeeeeease stop with the images of purple little kids on the Internet.

Our eyes are considered windows to our souls. Indigo Children tend to have intense eyes because they are people of great depth. I know plenty of Indigo Children with beautiful dark brown eyes. Having big blue eyes does not make you an Indigo Child anymore than it makes you a cheese sandwich.

An aura is the atmosphere surrounding us that is created by our essence. It is constantly changing as we change sort of like a mood ring. Although, the more consistent we are, the more consistent our aura color may be. For instance, my aura is usually yellow. Shocking, I know! A woman with a brain disorder coined the term Indigo Children. This brain disorder crosses an individual’s senses so they might taste shapes or feel sounds. For Nancy, she saw personality types as colors. However, what she was seeing was not an aura. She referred to what she saw as “Life Colors.” Indigo is a “Life Color,” not an aura color.

4. Indigo Children Are Children
Wrong again. Just in the same way terms like Baby Boomer, Flower Child or Child of God can refer to adults, Indigo Children is a term open to all ages. It seems that people who may be described as Indigo Children began occurring in large numbers starting in the late 70s. That means plenty of Indigo Children are now in their 30s and the largest group falls in the Young Adult category. There’s no need to refer to them as Indigo Adults just like we don’t say Adult Boomers, Flower Adults or Adults of God.

5. Indigo Children Are Extremely Positive
Lies. Just look how negative this post is! Indigo Children understand that life requires balance. There is no light without dark. Be wary of folks who only allow for the good. They tend to be some of the darkest and most dangerous people I’ve encountered. However, the Indigo Children I know are not scared of the dark. They know their light will always shine bright enough no matter where they are. I’ve met some amazing Indigo Children in the darkest corners, but not many in bright, happy, spiritual places. Such places tend to cater more toward folks who are scared of the dark rather than seeking balance.

6. Indigo Children Think They Are Better Than You
I have NEVER heard an Indigo Child say anything like this. This misconception is purely other people projecting their personal fears. You may not impress Indigo Children in the ways you’d like, but in other ways they may be jealous of you. We have a difficult time in day-to-day life and are envious of the way others seem to handle it effortlessly. We also know that you are capable of all the special things we have like empathy, intuition and lucid dreaming. Indigo Children are an inclusive group because we know everyone is equal.

7. Indigo Children Have Supernatural Abilities
Nope, you’re thinking of the X-Men. Indigo Children do have natural talents and sensitivities and are extremely smart, but anyone can do the things we do because they are completely natural. I have blown light blubs when I’ve been upset, intentionally flown through the sky in my dreams, known details about a person without being told and healed body aches and pains just by touching someone, but these are all things every human being is capable of doing. I don’t know why I can and others can’t. It’s like how some people can throw a ball the first time they pick one up and others need to be taught and practice. Focusing on these natural talents of Indigo Children is somewhat upsetting. We are passionate about the big ways we want to impact the world and that has little to do with super powers.

8. Indigo Children Are Vegan Yogis
Not quite. Indigo Children are focused on health in a personal, open-minded way. There are many conscious meat eaters out there like myself and plenty of passionate meditators who do not attend class at the local yoga studio. While some Indigo Children are drawn to both a Vegan Diet and local Yoga Studio, we are just as – if not more – likely found hunting for dinner or meditating peacefully at home. Indigo Children eat a conscious diet. Most of us love our organic, non-GMO veggies, but we are consciously aware of our bodies and what goes in them more than a single label like Vegan can encompass. And while some may find a home at a local yoga studio, many are more comfortable practicing mindfulness in privacy.

9. Indigo Children Is About Smoking Weed And Taking Psychedelics
Actually, other people do drugs to feel like Indigo Children. Ram Dass said, “When you are already in Detroit, you don’t have to take a bus to get there.” Similarly, Salvador Dali said, “I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.” Indigo Children are generally very open to plant medicines and tend to be into all kinds of herbal remedies. We are human and can go through unhealthy periods of life where we consume too much of a good thing. But I’m definitely not pleased with the association of drugs and Indigo Children on social media feeds. Smoking DMT at a music festival does not make you an Indigo Child. More accurately, not needing to smoke DMT and not wanting to be at a crowded festival may indicate that you are an Indigo Child. I am proud of the Indigo Children who stand up for the legalization of plant medicines and promote usage within sacred ceremony.

10. Indigo Children Is A Label Used To Justify Bad Behavior
Sad face. This misconception hurts my heart. When someone identifies himself or herself as an Indigo Child, they begin a journey of self-awareness and start to develop a conscious lifestyle. If they are encouraged and nurtured, the Indigo Child’s behavior can become ideal. If anything, the opposite is true – Indigo Children is a label that may be used to explain exceptional behavior. Anything less is a misuse of the term. I feel empathy for the struggles of my fellow Indigo Children and hope to give them the tools to achieve excellence. We may think different than others but that never makes it okay to act inappropriately. Before you judge an Indigo Child’s behavior as bad, try engaging them in conversation to figure out why they made that choice. With Indigo Children, there is always a why.

Indigo Child Celestin Cornielle of JJC Jewelry

Indigo Child Celestin Cornielle of JJCJewelry.com

11. Indigo Children Have Undiagnosed Psychiatric Issues And Should Be Medicated
Not cool. I have unlimited compassion for anyone who is taking medication. It is such a personal choice. I can tell you that lifestyle is essential whether you are medicated or not. From my personal experience and my relationships with other Indigo Children, I have seen how powerful lifestyle is for us sensitive folks. So before you call someone defective, I challenge you to assess the environment for defects. Sometimes a food allergy may be the root cause of a behavior issue, or the wrong lighting may be the key to your depression. We are all different, unique, individuals. When our lifestyle reflects that, we can thrive.

The most common medical diagnoses of Indigo Children are ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar. Additionally, we are accused of being Antiauthoritarians, Underachievers and even Criminals. Although the concept of Indigo Children has been deeply criticized for being a broad set of traits that could be applied to anyone, the same is true for all of the above mentioned. Typically the ones doing the diagnosing are driven by agenda rather than the best interest of the one being diagnosed. The Indigo Children who are medically diagnosed are much luckier than the latter, but neither is very productive. Even if any of the above were relevant, lifestyle would still be the most productive way to create a life in which we can thrive.

Indigo Children have a lot to offer the world. We are some of the most intelligent, creative, passionate minds alive today. Imagine the possibilities of the future we might create if you choose to understand and nurture us instead of drug us.