Sometimes called Crystal Children, Rainbow Children, or Star Children, Indigo Children are children who possess a specific set of unusual traits and abilities. Sometimes these characteristics of Indigos are perceived as psychic or even supernatural. Some adults have identified Indigo children as representing the next stage of human evolution. On the other hand, some adults describe Indigo Children as simply being more perceptive and empathic than their peers. Regardless of the label you use, Indigo Children do exist and need a kind of nurturing that differs from what the “average” child needs.
What Are the Characteristics of an Indigo Child?
The answer to this question depends, to some degree, on who you ask. However, some typical characteristics of Indigo Children include:
Being highly empathic, not just empathetic
Often being perceived by others as somewhat strange
Having a strong sense of purpose in this life
Having a higher than average intelligence quotient
Possessing inherent intuitive ability
Having the ability to see or sense angels or other beings that most others don’t sense
Seeming like an “old soul,” as though they are 12 going on 50
Having an innate interest in spirituality, which may or may not equate to a commitment to organized religion
Tending towards being somewhat isolated, either through introversion or acting out
Wavering between grandiosity and low self-esteem
Being easily bored
Being creative, with an interest in the visual arts, music, writing, etc.
Being prone to addiction
Having difficulty with rigid structures and authority figures
Often being perceived as overbearing, egotistical, or strong willed
Being prone to sleep difficulties or disorders
Having a history of depression, anxiety, or both
Seeking deep emotional connections with others
Easily bonding with animals and plants
If your child possesses many of these traits, he or she may be an Indigo Child. If an adult possesses many of these traits, he or she may be a “lightworker” or “healer.”
What Does Science Say about Indigo Children?
There is no scientific evidence to prove the existence of Indigos. However, there is also no evidence that disproves the concept that Indigo Children exist.
Some child psychologists and research psychologists have expressed concern that labeling a child an “Indigo” is detrimental to the child’s development. Their concern is that many of these children should be diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or an autism spectrum disorder or that the children have these characteristics as a result of poor parenting.
Many psychologists fear that simply labeling children as “Indigos” happens because parents fear the stigma associated with a diagnosis or don’t want to admit that their own parenting practices need work. However, these psychologists fear that by avoiding an appropriate diagnosis or assessment of the home situation, children are not actually getting the support that they need in order to become well-adjusted adults.
What Can You Do to Support Your Indigo Child?
Indigos are extremely sensitive in many ways. They are particularly sensitive to their own emotions; the emotions of others, often being unable to distinguish between the two; and the energy in their physical environment. Here is a set of tools and practices that you can give your Indigo Child to help him or her feel more at home in a world that can sometimes be hostile to Indigos.
Seek Support: Being the parent of an Indigo Child can be challenging, and being an Indigo can be even more challenging. Seek support from individuals or groups, such as The Way International, who are attuned to spiritual practice and spiritual life.
Breath Work: Focusing on breathing can help move energy through the body and allow your child to release negative energy. When your Indigo is upset or overwrought, you might ask him or her to inhale slowly through the nose, hold for a count of four, then exhale slowly through the mouth. It may be helpful to do this breathing exercise with your child. Not only does the act of breathing allow the body to relax and let go of negative emotions, but this technique also requires enough concentration that it may distract your child from whatever is bothering him or her and give your child an opportunity to center him or herself in the present.
Smudging: Smudging is a simple practice that clears any negative energy from a physical space. Smudging can be as simple as burning dried sage leaves or sage incense. It’s a good idea to smudge your home or at least a room any time there has been a tantrum or disagreement of any kind. It’s also a good idea to smudge when there have been visitors to your home. Every individual carries his or her own specific energy, and your Indigo Child is likely attuned to and maybe a bit disrupted by other people’s energy. Smudging is a way to cleanse this energy, whether it be positive or negative. You may even want to incorporate smudging as part of your house cleaning routine.
Nurturing your Indigo Child can be a challenge because our culture is not set up to accommodate the Indigo. The best thing you can do is figure out who your specific child is, Indigo or otherwise, and give him or her tools specific to his or her needs.