The article certainly proved to be an interesting read. I have stated before my opinion that the emergence of the Indigo Children phenomenon is little
more than a reaction by New Age parents to the realisation that their children might have socio-behavioural conditions such as ADHD, Asperger’s
Syndrome or Autism. It can be extremely difficult raising a child who has such a disorder. There are the initial pangs of guilt when a parent realises
that their child is different from the other children in a way which is likely to make them the focus of negative attention for a good portion of
their lives. Parents see the stigma attached to such disorders and the hardships which such children endure and decide that their
couldn’t possibly suffer from such a condition. No, their
child is special, misunderstood, a new step in Humanity’s evolution, even. It is
simply a coincidence that the qualities which define Indigo Children and those which are characteristic of socio-behavioural conditions are similar in
All parents believe that their child is special. The temptation to elevate our children above the majority can be extremely tempting, especially if
doing so removes your child from the stigma associated with mental illness. I noted that this phenomenon seems to occur within the ranks of the Indigo
Children as well. I found the following line from the article to be quite illuminating:
Nikki says Emily happens to be "the most Indigo person here, apart from my own daughter.
Oh, of course. Apart from your own child, who’s just that little bit more special. The problem with addressing the Indigo movement lies both in the
zeal of its champions – the parents of supposed Indigo Children - as well as in the malleability and suggestibility of children. Because the
parents will naturally champion its cause with a rabid devotion. After all, as long as Indigo Children are possible, their child won’t be labelled
as suffering from a socio-behavioural disorder and won’t have to confront the very real challenges that such orders necessitate. Objective,
third-party analysis of Indigo Children themselves is further rendered impossible by the machinations and influences of their parents who, in their
need to reassure themselves of the ‘specialness’ of their children, indoctrinate them with the trappings and beliefs of the Indigo movement. How
many of these children would claim to be ascended beings or the next step in evolution of their own accord, completely unprompted by any adult? How
many children from non-New Age, non-religious, non-spiritual families would display the traits associated with Indigo Children and spontaneously
declare that they can read people’s minds? Or that they have been sent to help heal the Earth and its people? How many of these children would see
themselves as Indigos without their parents telling them that they were? In my opinion, not a single one.
So much of the Indigo movement is based on assumption and on seeing what one chooses to see and omitting that which seems to defeat one’s beliefs.
Consider the following extract from the article;
"I was with a baby the other day," Nikki informs the class. "I said 'Hello sweetheart' with my thoughts. The baby looked at me shocked as if to
say, 'How did you know we communicate with each other using our thoughts?'"
Here, this champion of the Indigo movement is making a number of assumptions regarding the baby’s behaviour. She assumes that the baby looked at her
because it was able to read her thoughts. She then assumes that it was shocked at her understanding of their communication system. Finally, she simply
puts her own words into the baby’s mouth, conveniently telling us exactly what it was thinking. Of course, there is no way to actually ask the baby
what it was thinking, so there is no way to prove or disprove her claims.
The article’s examination of the ‘telepathy experiment’, though, highlights my other point. If these Indigo Children consistently employ
telepathic communication, even from birth, why would they make even a single mistake in an exercise such as that attempted within the article? They
would not be bumping into chairs and tables if they could genuinely hear the thoughts of the other Indigo Children. But again, their champion parent
does a fine job in sidestepping this point. She simply blames the child;
"You're not listening, Zoe!" shouts Nikki at one point, just after Zoe has collided with a chair. "We were [telepathically] saying 'Stop!'"
So does the child respond with some explanation of how her frequencies were unaligned or how there was too much psychic noise? No, she says quite
"I can't hear!"
From the mouths of babes.
I know how hard it is growing up with a socio-behavioural disorder. I have suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome my whole life and it has been difficult
in the extreme. Had I been born 10 years later, I have no doubt that I would be touted as the ideal Indigo Child. But I’m not. I don’t have any
psychic powers that I know of. I can’t see the dead and I don’t remember my past lives. Neither, in my opinion, do Indigo Children. I have yet to
see a single shred of evidence to the contrary. Of course, so much of the evidence for Indigo Children’s very existence is vague and intangible.
"Does your child have very old, deep, wise-looking eyes?" How does one gauge such a thing? FatherLukeDuke speaks for me also when he states that
virtually any child can display the qualities associated with Indigo Children. This entire movement is, in my view, little more than self reassurance
on the part of frightened parents. But, if somebody wishes to challenge this, feel free. I am perfectly willing to have my past read or my mind read
by an Indigo. If they prove eerily accurate, I shall genuinely reconsider the issue. But, on the other hand, if they prove unable to effectively do
these things, then … oh, heck, maybe the frequencies weren’t right.
[edit on 7/8/06 by Jeremiah25]