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Indigo Children 101

Updated on April 11, 2008
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Is Your Child an Indigo?

According to the Indigo Children website, Indigos can be identified by the following traits (paraphrased):

  • Come into the world with a feeling of royalty
  • Self-worth is not a big issue
  • Difficulty with absolute authority
  • Become frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented
  • See better ways of doing things, both at home and in school
  • Seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind
  • Have social difficulties at school
  • Don't respond to "guilt" discipline
  • Not shy in letting you know what they need


If you've been in a bookstore or surfed the web for parenting resources recently, you've likely come across the concept of Indigo Kids. What are Indigo children? This is what I found.

What is Meant by Indigo Child?

According to many, there are new souls among us whose job it is to facilitate a transition to the next stage in the evolution of human consciousness. There's a mouthful. I'm not exactly sure what that means, but suffice it to say that Indigo Kids are special. They have unique talents and abilities that none of us mere mortals seem to understand. Some of the attributes are similar to those of children labeled as gifted.

Indigo Kids are said to be highly sensitive and multidimensional. They are thought to have many talents and even advanced intuitive powers. People who embrace this idea believe that the next generation of children is markedly different from us, as if they are born knowing.

It's not clear to me whether the idea of Indigo children applies to all children or only a select few. The general idea seems to be that children possess a certain wisdom that we adults have lost and we need to honor them and learn from them.

Do Indigos live among us? Who knows? If the idea gets people to treat children with respect - great. If it's just another way to spoil our kids rotten and shirk our parental responsibilities, I'll have none of it.

What color is your child?

According to the Skeptic's Dictionary, the term Indigo Child was derived from psychic and synesthete Nancy Ann Tappe's work classifying people's personalities by the color of their auras. Indigo children have indigo colored auras. However, the Indigo Children website states:

"...just in case you heard otherwise from other "indigo" sources, the designated word "Indigo" has nothing to do with the color of an aura! It is the result of scientific observations by a woman who has the brain disorder called synesthesia"

Tappe says young Indigo children have unusually large, clear eyes. They are extraordinarily bright and precocious have possess above average memory and strong desire to live instinctively.

Explanation for Hyperactivity?

In the book, The Indigo Children, many authors put forward the idea that many children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are actually Indigo children, needing special care and training instead of drugs like Ritalin. Faced with the choice of how to view your children, would you rather believe they are special and chosen for some high mission or that they have a problem?

It's an interesting viewpoint and I look forward to learning more. Please let us all know any resources you know of in the comments.


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    8 years ago

    If you are an indigo child you will be well aware of it as you get older. There are no words to describe the intensity of compassion they feel for every human that crosses their path, good or bad. We understand that they're is no need to prove any theory, religion, or idea right or wrong, in time the truth will reveal itself. Indigo children know what you feel in a moment because we truly can feel it, we understand a parent's love without being a parent..we are born here to show you that love exists within the self and if you do not live to reach your fullest potential you will never know all that love can truly be. Indigo children will understand plenty and say very little. If you think you know an indigo child I can only advise that you rely on their intuition for it grows sharper as we come nearer to the moment of change. Indigo children are modest about their truest feelings but if you spend enough time with an indigo child you will learn just how deep their love for humanity goes..It is something beyond this world as we know it..simply because it is for the next world.

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    9 years ago

    very interesting!!!!!!!!! thank you

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    9 years ago

    I am an Indigo child and I have all the characteristics except for the ADD, ADHD and the bad behaviour. But I am quite interested in the concept as well.

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    10 years ago

    It's true.

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    Gail Sobotkin 

    10 years ago from South Carolina

    I really enjoyed this article. From the emotional level of the comments, I'd say it struck quite a cord, but the article itself was very well written and peeked my curiosity about indigo children. Thanks for sharing.

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    10 years ago

    okay, forgive me for saying this im gonna have to call bullshit on "the characteristic traits" that define an indigo. its more about their GIFTS!!!! any child could be a selfish, demanding, trouble maker with authority issues. but i think what truly defines the children of now is their willingness to share their thoughts and feelings that are meant to help us evolve into a higher consciousness. they speak of a feeling of 'oneness' feeling connected with all livings things and the divine. their entire being resonates at a higher frequency. they are here to teach us to wake up to a much larger reality and realize we are all one mind. the indigo children were the paradigm busters. they were the first to recognize and speak out against the many flaws of society. they strove for change.

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    rebecka miller 

    10 years ago

    I am a little shocked right now, my son is now 14 and when he was a small child, A friend who saw auras ( not sure how to spell)told me his color was indigo, she said it was a color she hadn't seen before on a child and she gave me a book to read on indigo and it fit him the years have slipped by I haven't given it much thought.. I will have to explore more now

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    Calling Crow 

    10 years ago

    Indigo's are definately NOT brats lol! Brats are mostly self-centered and careless of other peoples feelings, but an Indigo is attuned to what others feel and sometimes this creates a conflict in them that makes it hard to make decissions because of who it "could" hurt in whatever way.

    Yes, I believe in the Indigo theory. They are alive although some are not "well" at this time because of how they grew up or just the over-all state of the world. But they are here and collectively, we are saying, "Wakey wakey."

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    11 years ago

    I think I might be an indigo child...I view the world much differently than others...I can look from a birds eye view...and I can see from other peoples point of view...or maybe I'm just weird...but I have many concepts of how the world was created...and how time came about...and I can do math to...I love poetry too...(Sorry for this...I know it's a bit inconvienyent)I can't spell well...

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    11 years ago

    I think I might be an indigo child...I view the world much differently than others...I can look from a birds eye view...and I can see from other peoples point of view...or maybe I'm just weird...but I have many concepts of how the world was created...and how time came about...and I can do math to...I love poetry too...(Sorry for this...I know it's a bit inconvienyent)I can't spell well...

  • rebekahELLE profile image


    11 years ago from Tampa Bay

    It's one of those subjects that can't be definitively answered as yes or no. But I have taught preschool age children for 14 years and these children are different. As a teacher, I learned to be tuned into the children on each child's level, as they are all different. An indigo child is in their own world, aware of surroundings, but not understanding conflict. The child becomes very focused on whatever they are doing and is often extremely bright and communicates well. I felt like I was with an 'old soul' in a young body. I had to learn how to work with this one particular child to foster his growth and he blossomed. It took extra attention and compassion. They are very loving.

    I do believe every child is special, and yet I felt very privileged to be a part of this one small boy's 'world.'

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    11 years ago

    My daughter is an indigo child.

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    11 years ago

    I have just started learning about this stuff myself. I have to see it really freaked me out when I came across this page:

    Darn near every indicater was me. It was as if they were describing me personally. Then to read more about peoples "abilities". Since I was real little, I have always had dreams that had come true later. I always brushed it off as a fluke. Also, I seem to have this ability, to connect to people. To feel how they feel, as if the feelings are my own. And yea, you can call me crazy and others do. But it's real. I have always wanted to help people, and do. And I feel having these abilities, makes it possible for me to help people better. It just makes too much sence for it to be wrong. How could they describe me so well if it was just some fake site? I have to say, I believe it. And have to say, I too am a Indigo. Take care all.


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    11 years ago

    Interesting hub. To be perfectly honest, what you are describing sounds like a whole lot of ADHD to me. I don't know much about Indigo Children although I've heard about them, but I do know a whole lot about ADHD having struggled with it all my life. Both my daughters have also been diagnosed with it. And just to keep it in the family, I married a man who also has it. My husband and daughters are on medications. I however, steadfastly refuse to be medicated. Why should I be, when I can function perfectly well without drugs. However, I have a new grandson now. If he turns into a hyperactive, disruptive, self-absorbed, super brat like his mom, I'll just label him "Indigo." That way he'll be "special" and "gifted" not labeled as damaged or defective because his brain is wired differently from all the "normal" folks.

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    11 years ago

    This is a very interesting subject for I'm an indigo child myself and I'm trying to learn all I can about the others of this ranch of evolution. This really helps to get information from so many people and web sites and to learn what abilitys we have showed up with.To learn why we have them and how we got them. This should help me learn more about them and my bretheren.

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    11 years ago

    It is a tricky subject....the idea that a child is born of a special light kind of set him or her apart from the other (what society deems normal)kids. So the authorities fixate the child to assimilate to our (morees) norms.

    But are we normal...look at the global's almost shameful.

    The real question IMO is a what if....

    What if they really are gifted of a spirit energy different that others and possess and evoluted mind...who are we as the adult caregivers, or professionals paid to care for them to subject or to deny them their gift.

    Their gift is special, maybe they understand themselves or their motives. To the rest of us it's somewhat comparable to electricity where we know how to flick on a lightbulb and from there our journey is clearer but we don't understand the source of the light.

    What if....

    Does electroshock therapy work? Are you willing to try it to find out.

    It is a sensitive subject...

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    12 years ago

    Well i belive all of this beacuse i am a indigo. now what you all say may be true but i am not self senterd at all aren't all kids diffrent yes at a toddlers state they are going to go through phases but not all indigos are selfish and demanding. You also have to rember that we a kids not things you can talk about like a science project! I say this beacuse maby one of your kids is a indigo to and many are just to scared of the gift to tell some one about it me though i have a whole family of them but not every one knows.Im just saying before saying this is all a fake think about it we are kids kids are going to act like kids some demanding some shy and yes some self senterd.

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    12 years ago from Texas

    Wow, I've never heard of this. I actually hope that it is true. The human race can definitely use some evolution.

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    Lela Davidson 

    12 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    Well, well, isn't this all very interesting. I see we've struck a chord here. I'll definitely be looking further into this topic and see what I come up with. I appreciate all your comments and theories. What it comes down to is - so what? If you beleive your child is an Indigo, so what? If it helps you be a parent parent, then it's a good thing. To me, it's like raising any other child. The child is an individual first, before being part of any group.

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    Marye Audet 

    12 years ago

    Mine are usually only indigo when one of them has had a pen... :/

    Brilliant, gifted, spiritual? Yes. But they are just various shades of flesh tone

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    Zsuzsy Bee 

    12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

    Very interesting! I have never heard of indigo children. But then again I would say that all children are perfectly great and special in one form or another.

    (Naturally mine are the very best....not that I'm biased or anything.)

    Great hub regards Zsuzsy

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    12 years ago

    Having just written a novel that featured Indigo Children and Crystal Children, I've done a lot of reading on the subject, including the orignal Kryon book. If that rings no bells, Kryon was a spiritual entity who had never been human, channeled by Tober and Carrol, who wrote the book. Kryon announced the coming of Idigos. The Indigo Children were said to have been born after 1970, which doesn't mean they were the children of druggies--2008 is after 1970, too. Do I believe in them? I don't know. There are many things in this world I do not understand and perhaps never will. There are children who are born with all the Indigo characteristics-- several in my own family. An intellectually gifted child is a challenge to raise-- and an incredibly exciting experience to share life with. Contrary to the comments above, they aren't "brats". Just as there are no bad horses, only bad riders, there are in my experience no bad children, only inept parents. Like all children, those with Indigo traits require a judicious mixture of love and reasonable discipline. Brats are often undisciplined children who therefore never learn to internalize discipline and answer to their own sense of right and wrong. With few exceptions, the children I've known who didn't understand the meaning of the word "no" had parents who didn't understand the meaning of the word.

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    12 years ago from Montana

    News to me,never heard of indigo children.All i know is if you look a child in the eyes,you can tell wheather they are lying or not.

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    Kay Kerns 

    12 years ago

    I have never heard of Indigo children before.. Huh, very good hub. If you find anymore information out there, contact me and let me know. Im not too sure about this, but wouldnt Indigo children apply to all children. It seems to me as so in some ways and not in others. Anyone have an idea?

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    Stephanie Marshall 

    12 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Interesting Hub - I have never heard of Indigo children.

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    12 years ago

    Didnt Jesus say many are called but few are chosen?

    Didnt he also say do not stop the children from coming to me for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them? perhaps they are like this due to the innocence and untainted ability to be close to God. If jesus is really coming back due to the world ending soon and scientifically it seems to be true, isnt he raising up a generation that will stand for righteousness and combat evil? Im gen X they profisised it would happen in my lifetime and we will see what happens soon.

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    12 years ago from North Dakota, USA

    I am thinking that I agree with Sir Dent with this one. I also think that all my children are special and deserve to be treated with love and respect.


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    12 years ago

    If you were to research enough you would find out that there was a boom of Indigo children in the 70s. This tells me that most of the indigo children were conceived from a lot of those who were in the love-ins and such. Drug use was glamorized at the time.

    My opinion is that these children were born to drug using parents and from there has gathered a following.

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    12 years ago from U.S.A.

    Interesting indeed. My jury is still out on this one but I tend to agree a lot with RainbowRecognizer's comment. I had never heard about this before.

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    Shirley Anderson 

    12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Nice hub, Lela. The Uriel Heals newsletter has articles on Indigo and Crystal children every week, has for some time now. The author has an Indigo son, so she is able to offer first hand experience as well as other information. If you are interested and can't find it, just let me know. I get it delivered to my inbox each week, I can forward one to you or the link.

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    12 years ago from Midwest

    Hi Lela, I have the book ~ the Indigo Children ~ by Lee Carroll & Jan Tober. I read it years ago with my first child and my favorite quote is, "They cannot understand why others operate in anything but love." We're talking the non-judgemental love such as Jesus, not the "love hurts" type of love.

    Do I think my any of my kids are Indigos? I am not one much for labels these days, but I will say this about how children "act": if one really takes the time to examine children's behavior it can be traced back to... an innate desire for fun, joy, satisfaction of curiousity, and/or engagement (even if it initially speaks otherwise to us adults). Even a hit or normally seen as abhorrent behavior can be traced back to this. Sometimes it is a desperate attempt to reset a very off balance. Shall we medicate them or try and control them... well, I think we're seeing how well that works.

    I do believe that there are certain souls on this planet who are part of the whole awakening process. Each of us has the ability to awaken. It makes sense that some of us would hold light for others, so that they, too, would recognize their own light...

    In the terms of respecting vs. spoiling kids... one downfall of parenting can be trying to do everything for a child and also getting them everything they want, when the parent is resenting it. Indigo and all children have a desire to be shown the way, not have it done to them... :o)

    If we would see our children as in little bodies, but actually spiritually larger than us, and take the cues that when we feel irritated with them it's not actually their behavior that needs immediate change necessarily. A look inside of our selves will reveal much in this area... For we can never totally control others to make us happy. We can punish or put a child in time out, or lock them in their room, or make them do push ups, or show them who's boss, or whatever, but bottom line if they come out and do it again, we still have the issue of another's ability to set us off.

    What to do? Keep plugging along. Life is unfolding and this is one area that we'll likely be watching with interest for a few years to come. I'll be highlighting some stuff that's helped me and it will be fun to discuss!

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    12 years ago from USA

    Yes. At 15 months it's a little hard to say for sure, but my daughter shows every sign of being extremely intelligent (I know, I know, all parents think their kids are geniuses) and extremely strong-willed, and as far as I'm concerned, it's my job to teach her self-discipline and responsibility so she can use her brains and assertiveness for good, not cater to her demands because she's somehow "special." All kids are special.

    Being demanding, easily frustrated, and convinced the world revolves around you (to paraphrase the Indigo "traits") isn't being a higher evolutionary form, it's being a toddler, and any kid who *consistently* displays those behaviors beyond toddlerhood is being misunderstood by his or her parents, not society at large.

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    Lela Davidson 

    12 years ago from Bentonville, Arkansas

    I stumbled on the idea when I was looking for gifted resources, but it's a little soft around the edges. I suppose my philosophy for dealing with my gifted child is that he's just him - I don't treat him differently because he's gifted. The Indigo camp seems even more entitled-sounding than the gifted folks. I'm still out on this one. If some people want to beleive their kids are EXTRA-extra special, there's no harm in that.

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    12 years ago from USA

    Huh, that's an interesting idea, but I have to say that based on the list of traits described as being "Indigo" it kind of sounds like the whole idea is just an excuse for people to feel good about raising brats, because their kids are "special" and the rules don't apply to them.

    But possibly I am just old-fashioned.

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    12 years ago

    I've never heard of this before, so I was fascinated by this hub.

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    Stacie Naczelnik 

    12 years ago from Seattle

    I think it is an interesting concept as well. I have participated in discussion about this idea and done a little reading on it, but haven't yet formed my own opinion.


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