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Indigo Children See The Future
Status: New Age Mumbo Jumbo
Indigo Children is a new-age term for children whose aura is indigo colored. These are the kids whom medical science would diagnose as being hyperactive or having ADD (and many lay people might diagnose as spoiled brats). But according to the indigo-child theory, these are actually children with very special powers. Nancy Ann Tappe, the psychic who first described the concept, says that Indigo Children are "souls with an evolved consciousness who have come here to help change the vibrations of our lives and create one land, one globe and one species. They are our bridge to the future." The Skeptic's Dictionary has some good info on the subject.

According to an article from the Orange-County Register, one of the powers being attributed to Indigo Children is the ability to see the future. Take this example:

When Carolyn Kaufman was getting her daughter, Ariel Carreno, ready to go, Ariel had an unusual request.
"Mom, we need to take an orange," Ariel said.
"Why?" Carolyn asked. Carolyn explained that this was a pizza party, and that an orange would probably be out of place.But when Ariel insisted, Carolyn grabbed an orange and took it to the party... So Ariel carried her orange into Chuck E. Cheese. The party went just as planned. The kids ate pizza. The kids played games. The parents endured the noise. Then, the birthday girl asked for the strangest thing. An orange.

Wow! The kid brought an orange to a party. Try to explain that, skeptics! Carolyn Kaufman also offers an example about her sony Tomy:

After fights with his sister over what to watch on TV, Tomy has broken five VCRs in the family home using only his energy force, Kaufman said. In some families, kids might get grounded for breaking expensive electronics. Not in Kaufman's house.

I'm sensing it would be great to be a kid in the Kaufman house. You could get away with anything. "It wasn't my fault, Mom. It was my energy force."
Categories: Future/Time, Psychology
Posted by Alex on Tue Dec 13, 2005
Comments (141)
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An inversion of the typical sequence of events, whereby the parents break the video recorder and the child has to fix it, or at the very least show them how it works.

If this child has special powers, and he was fighting with his sister, why didn't he just wish her into the cornfield? Perhaps these Indigo Children are actually a menace to humanity, and should be blown up as in "Village of the Damned".

What would have to be wrong with you, to call your son Tomy? To name your son after a Japanese toy company? Doing a bit of Googling, it appears that Tomy actually is a real-life first name, but I bet Ms Kaufman was unaware of this.
Posted by Ashley Pomeroy  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  12:44 PM
My son must be an "Indigo Child" - except he can't see far enough into the future to realize when he is getting in trouble until he's in trouble (even then he doesn't always learn the first time).

This sounds like an excuse not to be responsible for the descipline of the next generations.
Posted by Kosmo  in  trouble most of the time  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  12:49 PM
Strikes me as being similar to the plot of a book I once read, I'll try and remember the title
Posted by Owen  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  03:01 PM
I was thinking of "Darwin's Children" by Greg Bear, they don't actually seem that similar so you can probably ignore me fairly safely...
Posted by Owen again  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  03:06 PM
This is rubbish, its almost laughable. The "traits" of an "Indigo Child" arn't traits at all, they are symptoms of our society, developed by a generation that was used to seeing its parent generations, the baby boomers and Generation X, get whatever they want because of the strength of our economy. This is silly.
Posted by Draconegia  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  03:08 PM
If they really believe this kid is breaking VCRs with his "energy force", why in heck aren't they punishing him for it? Do yet get a free pass for misbehavior based on how you do it? "Hey, it wasn't me that stole that million dollars - it was my robot!"
Posted by Ledasmom  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  03:47 PM
Hmmm. I like oranges, too, and I break stuff (except now I know it's my aura that breaks things), so I guess I've been an Indigo Child all along and never knew it.
Posted by Big Gary in the stratosphere  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  04:13 PM
look at this from the parent's perspective, for years, their children were considered spoiled brats created by their bad parenting. then, medical science discovered a disorder these children were suffering from, thereby mitigating the parent's responsibility... until it became fairly well accepted that parenting styles in formative years is at least a part of why these children have a 'disorder.'

imagine it! if this catches on, parents all over the world can sleep easy, knowing that their bad parenting has given their children special powers!
Posted by mormagli  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  04:19 PM
The little girl with the orange probably planned that stunt out with her friend.

" mom thinks I'm psychic! Wanna freak her out?"

"Okay! But how?"

"I'll bring something really random to your party, and then in the middle of the party, you ask for it out of nowhere!! How orange?"

"Okay, sounds like a plan."
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  04:36 PM
I would use my energy force to beat his little ass if my kid broke 5 VCRs.
Posted by Craig  on  Tue Dec 13, 2005  at  05:46 PM
This is the nightmare tech support has to deal with on a daily basis:

"my VCR is broken, I need a replacement"

"how did your VCR get damaged?"

"my son's energy feild disrupted the electronics"

"have you tried removing the magnets from the device?"

"there are no magnets on the VCR, it's broken"

"have you tried a different tape? magnetic fields can whipe the information on a VHS tape"

"no, not magnetic field, energy field, you see, my son is an indigo child..."

you can't fail to notice, of course, that all of this wmans children have ADD..
Posted by mormagli  on  Wed Dec 14, 2005  at  01:35 AM
OK, this one time when I was about to leave the house, I thought to myself, "I should take my keys with me." So I go out and come home later and gues what? My door was locked and if I hadn't taken my keys, I would have been locked out. Good thing my aura is indigo, huh?

Oh, my energy field needs twenty bucks. Please mail it to me.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Dec 14, 2005  at  02:30 AM
Sod $20!

James Randi will give you $1 million - or to the child with an indigo aura.
Posted by Peter  on  Wed Dec 14, 2005  at  05:20 PM
My sister broke our VCR when I was a kid with her "energy force" as well, only we called it "static electricity." Honestly, one good zap and that thing was out of commission.
Posted by Matt  on  Thu Dec 15, 2005  at  11:02 AM
Matt raises an interesting point. There are a lot of people with extreme static electric charges - They seem to generate them like a rogue Van der Graff machine, and they certainly used to be regarded as plague carriers when the first computers came out. Perhaps the "Indigo aura" is simply a manifestation of static charge, and some people can see it as a colour? After all, we don't dismiss cats seeing in the dark as psychic hogwash because they can see Far Red light.

And I am old enough to remember all those people who couldn't wear spring-powered wristwatchs because they seemed to stop them all the time by some personal "magnetism", and now we know that magnetic materials exist in human bodies, mostly in the nose. What we could have here is a real phenomenon being made into something more by the New Age nutters.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Thu Dec 15, 2005  at  03:20 PM
They made a movie about this a couple of years ago, called (cleverly) "Indigo."

IMDB link:

I haven't seen it, but we rent it at my store, mostly to the same people who rent "What the Bleep do We Know!?"
Posted by Karl  on  Sat Dec 17, 2005  at  01:31 AM
Hey, what is the problem with being an Indigo? Do you really believe that we're just bratty children attempting to take advantage of our parents and the "Indigo" theory? No, Indigo is more than a theory. Indigo is real and don't be so quick to think we're liars, those of us that our brave enough to admit we have psychic ability. I know my family is the old-fashioned kind of religious, not eclectic like me. If I even hinted that I was Indigo, that I could easily see auras and sometimes read minds...they would certainly punish me. It is adults like you that keep us unhappy because we can't be ourselves around you. We have nobody to trust. Everyone will give us strange looks or scold us if they find out about us. The kids that are able to freely admit that they have energy fields and are psychic are extremely fortunate. Because most parents are just like you all: NARROW MINDED. :roll:
Posted by Almost Thirteen :)  on  Wed Mar 01, 2006  at  10:13 PM
Lots of words. Just prove it. Evidence is all that's expected (double-blind, peer reviewed and published)
Posted by Kosmo  in  trouble most of the time  on  Thu Mar 02, 2006  at  05:07 AM
Hey, i agree with almost thirteen. Well, not totally, because of the whole'i'm psychic' bit, but i am a "diagnosed' (as far as you want to debate that) indigo child also.Just last year two spiritual-type people told me that i was an indigo. until then i had never even heard of such things, and being an indigo isn't just a reason to get out of trouble, cause the fact is, it doesn't help one bit. its the parents desicion, in fact, heres a great way to stay out of trouble...DON'T GET IN TO IT! But seriously, i am a little 'new aged' or 'spiritual' whatever you want to call it, and i really think there is something different about indigos. Maybe its just that we're more creative or peculiar than most 'normal' (whatever that means these days) people, but whatever the case, indigo children DO EXIST!!!
Posted by George  on  Thu Apr 13, 2006  at  11:32 PM
Just a thought on this from my life experiences.

I was diagnosed at around 5 as a 'gifted' child. From that point on, I was shunned by my peers as weird, treated by teachers as a threat to their authority ( As in the case of being sworn at and called stupid when I asked if the brain and spine were also called the Central Nervous System), and assumed to be too academic to be involved in sports so was never allowed to play. Today, I have fought my way into social groups a little more successfully than some people like, am a reasonable human being but have no interest in sport although I am quite a physical guy. Didn't used to be, because I bought into what others forced upon me to a huge extent; Still do, I confess, on occasion.

Sometimes, expectations dictate results. That is something to bear in mind is all I would say.
Posted by DFStuckey  on  Fri Apr 14, 2006  at  07:57 PM
Well well, I can't believe so many people really are narrow minded; afraid we are going to take their sense of reality away. I must admit, in my opinion it's just pathetic. You "sceptics" as you would like to call yourselves (I just call it "eejits" but that's just a matter of opinion) DO NOT KNOW SHITE!!!

I never did anything right. Never listened. Was a little brat, a rebel, fucking lazy. I was a know-it-all who never listened to what was the truth. I had to keep my mouth shut, wasn't allowed to say anything. Can't do anything like it should be done. The truth is that I'm a very kind hearted, caring young woman, but 21 years of being misunderstood, mistreated even, by every "adult" around me, especially my mother who is the first in line of not understanding me, makes one VERY VERY bitter!!! I'm way past "give a shit", and I don't intend to prove to those who don't believe that Indigo children are not just pranksters. You believe what you want to; you stay in your little protective shell and believe your own lies - you obviously have no idea what goes on in an Indigo's head and you never will, so I will say to you in the lovely words of Roddy Doyle; "go and shite!"

UNLESS you have a 100% certain proof that Indigo children are a hoax, I don't want to hear one fecking word out of you sceptics EVER AGAIN!!!!
Posted by Aya  on  Mon Jun 05, 2006  at  05:11 PM
Well, I agree with Aya, though in slightly less harsh terms... I am an indigo child, and i am also misunderstood. I normally don't openly go around telling everyone 'Hey look at me, I'm better than you cause I'm an indigo' (not saying any indigos actually do this) but that doesn't mean i'm ashamed of being an indigo. I am very quite proud, though i choose not to disclose this information too openly cause i've found that some piteous, narrowminded individuals mock or tease me. I'm past the stage of trying to explain something they don't get, and don't really care if they think indigos are real or not. I (as well as many others) are living proof that they do. So, if they don't believe that, thats their problem. It's just a pity that intelligence was wasted on someone who chooses not to use it...thats all. I've taken a very calm and collected approach to this whole matter, unlike Aya. And don't get me wrong, theres nothing wrong with, bitter, but then again, I haven't had nearly the same amount of teasing and mocking and only 15. Which is another thing i dont like telling people cause they say i'm a spoiled little teenager who thinks she knows everything. But (and aya if you are reading this please dont be mad cause i'm not picking on you if thats how it seems!! 😊} i'm blabbering on here. But i think indigos are really just your average joes with more open-mindedness, compassion, maybe some heightened senses, but other than that, we just aren't afraid to be who we are. We don't care what people think, and want to live our lives for US. So i'll leave you simply with a quote by Arthur Schopenhauer:

We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.
Posted by George  on  Mon Jun 05, 2006  at  08:24 PM
Aya said:

"UNLESS you have a 100% certain proof that Indigo children are a hoax, I don't want to hear one fecking word out of you sceptics EVER AGAIN!!!!"

Hi, Aya, my name is Bob, but you can call me REALITY. Here's how the world works: If YOU make an extraordinary claim, the burden of proof is on YOU. I realize that's WAY more work than you want to take on, but that's life.

If you can't or won't prove your claims, then don't expect rational people to simply accept them at face value.

Oh, by the way, you sure went on at length for a person who "doesn't care what others think." Methinks thou doth protest too much. Yeah, I know: You Don't Care What I Think (and you'll write another long post telling me so).

Hey, next time, instead of wearing your poor little fingers down by typing, why don't you just tell me telepathically what you want to say? Oh, I forgot, that would be requiring you to actually PROVE that you have "special powers" (or whatever fantasy it is you expect the rest of us to indulge you in).

By the way, did I mention that I can fly? Yup, just like a bird. Naturally, I would be horribly insulted if you expected me to actually DO it in front of you, so you're just going to have to take my word for it (and if you don't, I'm going to call you names). PROVE THAT I CAN'T FLY! I double dog dare you. Oh, and I don't care what you think, so nyah nyah.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sat Jun 10, 2006  at  05:40 AM
Damn, us skeptics tend to be a stubborn lot. :lol:
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Sun Jun 11, 2006  at  07:33 AM
lol, neither of you said facts... after arguing about it, wow real battle of wits there. For the record I do realize this indigo concept but am more drawn to the astrology part that coincides with this... If your stupid then you wouldn't realize that everything in life cycles. As does the planet... We are at the end of a 26,000 year cycle and the FACT is you can't stop the fucking planets... read up on some mayan history they made things that we call "wonders of the world" now who was the truly non-materialist advanced race... if you don't understand much astronomy jus search winter soulstice or photon belt
Posted by DmC  on  Tue Jun 13, 2006  at  10:18 PM
DMC said:

"lol, neither of you said facts... after arguing about it, wow real battle of wits there."

To whom are you referring, DMC?

"If your stupid then you wouldn't realize that everything in life cycles. As does the planet... We are at the end of a 26,000 year cycle and the FACT is you can't stop the fucking planets... "

I COULD be snarky and point out that the word you wanted is "you're," not "your." I'll skip over that, however, and just ask you what the hell you're talking about.

You complain about people "not stating facts" and then you throw out the unsupported (and unsupportable) concept of a "26,000 year cycle," whatever the hell THAT is.

Um, what is the alleged "cycle" and how would human beings, who don't have any written material from 26,000 years ago to look at, KNOW about it?

Also, what does this have to do with "Indigo children?"
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  12:49 AM
All stars in the galaxy rotate around a galactic center but not with the same period. Stars at the center have a shorter period than those farther out. The Sun is located in the outer part of the galaxy. The speed of the solar system due to the galactic rotation is about 220 km/s. The disk of stars in the Milky Way is about 100,000 light years across and the sun is located about 30,000 light years from the star's center. Based on a distance of 30,000 light years and a speed of 220 km/s, the Sun's orbit around the center of the Milky Way once every 225 million years. The period of time is called a cosmic year. The Sun has orbited the galaxy, more than 20 times during its 5 billion year lifetime. The motions of the period are studied by measuring the positions of lines in the galaxy spectra. got it smart ass? lol
Posted by DmC  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  09:22 PM
Oh yeah.. why don't you go practice your typing some more buddy I dun care about my comp tiping.. as long as you can make sense of it i could really care less about how you read it haha
Posted by DmC  on  Wed Jun 14, 2006  at  09:29 PM
DMC said:

"Oh yeah.. why don't you go practice your typing some more buddy I dun care about my comp tiping.. as long as you can make sense of it i could really care less about how you read it haha"

The problem is that your seeming illiteracy makes it more difficult to figure out exactly what you're trying to say. I can see that you don't care about how you're perceived, which is a shame. I'm guessing you're young; I think you'll find out as you go through life that the less capable you are of communicating accurately, the harder a time you will have.

I would also say that a person who can't read and write well is more easily influenced by those who would separate you from your money. Con men tend to be very glib.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  01:36 AM
DMC, uh, would you kindly explain what the periodicity of planetary bodies has to do with "Indigo children?"

Also, tell the person who wrote that for you that they are very well-informed, even though it STILL has nothing to do, so far as I can see, with "Indigo children."
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Jun 15, 2006  at  01:38 AM
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