Am I an Indigo Child, erm adult?

Indigo children is a popular New Agey idea of children born in the 80s or later who are somehow different, in a good way. They’re supposed to usher in change for the better and all that. They don’t really conform with the rules of society.

This article called “The Indigo Child and How to Recognize One” describes 17 characteristics of an Indigo and says that if 11 to 13 match with you, you are an Indigo. What each of the characteristics actually mean is not quite clear, and is up to interpretation, but based on that list I’d say I’m an Indigo. Things like “Born in 1978 or later”, “Possess a deep desire to help the world in a big way” and “Has a history of depression” certainly describe me. Whereas things like “Strong willed” and “Independent and proud” don’t really say anything at all. It’s too generic. And I’m certainly not psychic, which is one of the characteristics.

So I’m an Indigo. So what? Does it make me special? No. In fact, I think most people who’d even consider reading an article about Indigos possess many of the “characteristics” of an Indigo, because they are interested in weird stuff. Normal people tend to dismiss such things as superstitious nonsense. Wikipedia describes Indigo-ism as akin to the Forer effect, which simply means the definition is so vague it could point to anyone. I find myself agreeing with Wikipedia, which is something I generally hate to do. Which leads me to suspect there actually might be something to the idea of Indigo children.

The concept originates from psychic Nancy Ann Tappe who studied the auric fields of people. According to the aforementioned article: “she noticed was that 80 percent of the children born after 1980 had a new deep blue colored auric field. She called this new color “indigo”.” I don’t know much about human auras, except from fiction such as sci-fi, anime and roleplaying games, but I’m inclined to believe there is some significance to them. If Tappe’s claims of changes in the colours of auras of children is true, it means there is some significant change in people going on.

However, many of the New Age sites on the internet that like to throw the Indigo child term around, don’t seem to be looking at the auras of people. They rather describe a few generic characteristics that many people possess, and tell them they are different to stroke their egos. Everybody likes to be special and unique, alas many of us, don’t actually want to do anything special, since it can be bothersome, and if you try it and fail, it can feel quite disheartening. Therefore we’d like to think we are special, and by our mere existence we make a difference without us actually getting out there and putting ourselves on the line. But it doesn’t work like that. It is more important what we do, than what we think we are. It is not enough for us to feel we are not part of the pack. I’m certainly like that. I have to struggle to actually do something, to get out there to try to make a difference, instead of bathing in the self-perception that I’m somehow different. I might be different, I might even be one of those Indigos, but it doesn’t matter unless I act different. Unless I do something to prove I am here to make a change. And if I do that, it doesn’t matter whether my aura is indigo, pink or brown.



The Indigo Child and How to Recognize One



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