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Understanding Indigo Children

by Karen Forrest RN, BN, CPMHN(C), ATP

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Until my training as an angel therapy practitioner in October of 2004 by DR. Doreen Virtue, I had never heard of the expression "Indigo Children." However, as a mental health nurse, I am familiar with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), a medical diagnosis that Indigo Children may be mistakenly diagnosed with from lack of education.

ADHD is a behavioral syndrome characterized by an inappropriate degree of inattention, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. Lets properly re-label them as A.D.H.D.: Attention Dialed into a Higher Dimension children.

Let me share with you what I have learned about the wonderful, highly psychic Indigo Children. Indigos were born in the mid-1970's though the present day. Out of habit, I refer to Indigo as Indigo Children, even though many are now adults! They are highly psychic and they take their psychic gifts and knowingness for granted. The term "Indigo Children" refers to the color indigo blue (deep blue) which is the color of their aura. It also relates to the third-eye chakra, associated with psychic/intuitive abilities, whose primary color is indigo.

Characteristics of Indigo Children/Adults
(adapted from The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children by Dr. Doreen Virtue.)
- Creative, artistic
- Strong willed/headstrong (Gets them into trouble when they don't always conform to rules that make no sense to them.)
- Think outside the box (Another trait school systems & government does not always appreciate)
- Highly psychic
- They trust their instinct. (They are like a human lie detector who can spot integrity in another person a mile away. They trust their instinct about people. If you know an Indigo and you haven't learned yet to trust your own instinct, ask them if the person is a good person of integrity.)
- They admire truth and integrity (If they don't believe you're a person of integrity, they do not respect you, regardless of whether you're the teacher/principle or head-honcho!)
- Born mid-l970's or later.
- An "old soul" (10 years old, going on 30)
- Independent and proud
- Waivers between low self-esteem and grandiosity (Thinking highly of themselves and their abilities).
- Can isolate themselves feeling they are different and misunderstood.
- Wish to help the worlds in a big way
- Bores easily, hence can be mis-diagnosed as impulsive aspect of ADHD
- Prone to sleep disturbance (insomnia, restless sleep, nightmares)
- May have history of depression
- Chooses real, lasting friendships over superficial relationships
- Loves and bonds with plants and animals
- Sense of entitlement
- Sensitive people and energies around them (therefore may numb themselves with drugs/alcohol).

There are two main types of Indigos: 1) warrior (break old systems) 2) quiet artist. The global lifepurpose of Indigo Children is to usher in the New Age of Peace. They are here to actively change our political, educational and nutritional systems for the better. Personally, as a non-Indigo, I would feel daunted and intimidated at such an important and enormously challenging life purpose. When I once asked a ten-year old Indigo Child how she felt about her life purpose of ushering in a new age of peace and breaking down old systems. She casually, and in stride, shrugged her shoulders remarking, "That's no problem for me!" Honestly, what an inspiration!

Improving the Lives of Indigo Children/Adults

Indigos have a challenging life purpose and are often labeled "different" and "difficult" as they are being raised in an old energy environment not suitable to their newer, higher energy and higher consciousness. However, there are certain methods to improve their lives and health.

Indigos are famous for rebelling (not always a trait appreciated by parents or teachers). Yet without the ability to rebel, Indigos will not effectively break down old, out-dated systems. Consequently, teach Indigo Children to redirect their energy into promoting change as a forin of rebellion. For example, if they don't believe the school system is effective then encourage them to write a letter proposing change to the teacher/principle (Indigos are not ones to shy away from their opinions). Write a letter to the editor or an article to a school paper/magazine. Discuss with key people in position to effect change, what changes you desire.

Patronizing Indigos is a sure way to loose their respect and attention. Even if they are younger children, treat them with respect as you would any adult. Indigos are wise beyond their years and operate from a very high level of consciousness. Consequently, they can teach you as you can also teach them. Do not talk down to Indigo Children as this is a sign of disrespect.

Have you ever felt like you are in a power struggle with an Indigo Child? Indigo Children absolutely do not respond to, "Because I said so" or "Because that's the way it has always been done." If you want their cooperation then take the time to explain why to Indigo Children. You can also take this one step further and when Indigo Children are determined to do something their way, ask them to explain why. You will be surprised at their well, thought-out answers. Learn to have an open exchange with your Indigo Child to improve communications. Be open to what they have to say, it will make your life so much easier!

Indigo Children are highly sensitive to what they eat, consequently it matters what they eat. Certain foods act like toxins to their bodies!

Food Recommendations for Indigo Children
(Adapted from The Care and Feeding ofIndigo Children by Dr. Doreen Virtue, Ph.D.)
- Avoid food dyes and foods with additives (sugar, white flour, preservatives) as they increase hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness
- Avoid meats, chicken (fowl) and fish contaminated with hon-nones and pesticides
- Adopt a vegetarian lifestyle or near-vegetarian lifestyle (where you eat animal products 1-2 times a week).
- Eat organic fruits and vegetables to avoid pesticides which Indigo are highly sensitive to
- Eliminate or significantly reduce caffeine (coffee, pop) and alcohol
- Avoid cured meats such as bacon, sausage, luncheon meats
- Eat a healthy breakfast to increase attention span, improve mood and energy level

Get outside and exercise! Exercise is essential for the well being of Indigo Children. Exercising outside is preferable over a gym since sunlight, fresh-air and being surrounded by nature plays an additive relaxing, peaceful element to Indigo Children. Indigo Children have a close connection with nature. They need to be outside. It can be as simple as a walk/run, gardening, mowing the lawn (shoveling snow).

There are many more methods to improve the lives of Indigo Children/Adults. I highly recommend reading: 1) The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children by Dr. Doreen Virtue, Ph.D. 2) The Indigo Children by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Following these recommendations are worthwhile, as they will improve the mental, physical and spiritual health of Indigo Children. They are worth it!

Karen Forrest is a mental health nurse, angel therapy practitioner and medium in her practice, Words of Wisdom Counselling. www.healingwordsofwisdom.com, (902) 404-3103.

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