"Indigo" (Psychic) Children

May 29, 2006

Q. Indigo children are supposedly more sensitive or psychic than typical children. The term indigo comes from the color of the aura. [Note: Although neither the channel nor the Michaels mentioned this, the Webmaster urges readers to follow the supplied link for basic information. Further references at the bottom of that page will lead you to more information like this from Beliefnet. The idea of "indigo children" is not new. Evidently the term was first mentioned in Nancy Ann Tappe's book, Understanding Your Life Through Colors (1982) Tappe classified personality type according to hue of aura. Others, including Lee Carroll and Jan Tober have expanded on the concept.] According the a radio program I heard, there has been a 25 percent increase in the occurrence of this phenomenon in kids eight and under. I found a checklist on the Internet and apparently I am an indigo adult. Comments?

A. We would have to say that for the most part this is fad-ism and that roughly the same number of "psychically" talented children are born now as were born 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, and 4,000 years ago. And in that regard, other cultures have had their own way of recognizing these talents, but not by such things as aura shades or quantitative measurement.

In a great many cases, what is operative here is the recognition by parents that the capacity for magical thinking which marks childhood does indeed have some validity in terms of perception, and rather than dismiss it on dogmatic grounds of religion or science, there can be benefit for all concerned in regarding this talent as a valid expression of human potential.

It is not uncommon for magically thinking children to spend childhood sensitizing themselves, more than other children, to patterns they discern, and those patterns, whether they are genuine fractals or happenstance, will tend to remain with the fragment throughout life. The more denial of this talent [is] enforced, incidentally, the greater the level of superstition [will be] in the adult resulting from the child.