Saturday, June 7, 2008

Five Tips for Parents and Teachers To Help Indigo Children Express Themselves

Author: Jacqueline Lloyd

If a child was born around 1988 or later, odds are high that he or she falls into the category of “Indigo Child.” They are widely believed to be the next stage in humanity’s evolution, arriving en masse to be a catalyst for change during this age of transformation.

The Mayans, Tibetans, Egyptians, Cherokee, Hopi, and others based their calendars on a 26,000 year “galactic cycle.” Our year 2012 was marked by these cultures as a return to the beginning of a galactic cycle. Profound changes are occurring. Seemingly unrelated topics like natural disasters, war, climate change, emerging viruses, and Indigo Children are actually all intertwined through this exciting concept of the end of an age and the birth of a new reality.

But what does this mean to us adults? Our Indigo Children ARE different. And thank goodness, considering the job they have ahead of them! Here are some tips that I’ve found work well in supporting Indigo Children to express their unique selves to the fullest:

Learning how they think and what makes them tick:

Indigos have a very keen and developed awareness of self, which makes them often seem wise beyond their years. It is critical to approach them with an open mind. Use direct eye contact, and speak from the heart, with the sincerity and respect you would show a friend and equal. But don’t fake it! These children can spot phoniness or manipulation a mile away, and they will just shut down or turn away from you.

Whenever possible, let them lead!

As free thinkers, these children crave independence and self-empowerment. They have greatly expanded mental and emotional abilities. They are multi-level thinkers and experience life on many levels. The moment they focus on something, they’re off and running, exploring different angles and components that might appear unrelated.

They think in 3-D, whereas non-Indigos tend to be more linear, and the Indigos seem powered by a limitless amount of energy. As parents and teachers, we don’t have to keep up with them or direct them. Our job is to support, inspire, and cheer these children on as they explore and learn about their world and come to an understanding of their individual abilities. Interests that appear scattered and haphazard to an adult might just be how the Indigo is processing information and evolving.

Uh-oh, now what? Punishment vs. choice and consequence:

If this new consciousness is ruled by a punishing belief system, the children may shut down emotionally or act out because of anger and feelings of rejection. One approach that works well is to present the child with options. This helps them feel empowered and less likely to push back. They will naturally learn responsibility, while feeling respected and appreciated. With options, positive reinforcement, and predictable consequences for inappropriate choices, most Indigos will flourish.

In general traditional systems of punishment won’t work with these children, and neither will harsh behavior modification or prescription drugs.

Extreme Emotional Sensitivity Syndrome, or EESS (for us adults who love acronyms):

Because of the Indigo Child’s innate sensitivity, core issues present themselves at an early age. Don’t assume the child will just “get over it” because the trauma seems relatively trivial or just part of life from an adult’s perspective. One interesting explanation for this trauma phenomenon is that the children incarnate with an understanding of past lives, and they feel the resonant pain in order to heal and move on with their greater purpose in this life, unhindered.

Adults can support each other in this new way, addressing and healing core issues. Often, parents I work with are trapped in the shame and blame syndrome. And if the children don’t feel unconditional love at home, they will seek support and connections outside of the family unit, which can result in drug use and other destructive behaviors.

Why is school such a struggle, but Nintendo gets their undivided attention?

Indigos are generally bored in school. Often, they don’t have an interest because they don’t see how the information serves them. So, as adults we can start by being honest with ourselves: how much of what children are taught is actually relevant? Did WE feel adequately prepared for life? Moreover, could we integrate a teaching of conflict resolution and how to feel and express emotions in a healthy way with traditional subjects?

Indigos have highly developed imaginations, one reason they experience life in a non-linear fashion. How can we incorporate play and creativity in school, using this natural ability as a vehicle for teaching?

As a whole, Indigos are sensitive, brilliant, out-of-the-box thinkers who will assist in the shifting of many cultures. It’s our responsibility as adults to provide these children with the support and guidance they need to thrive emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. By working together in an environment of honestly and mutual support, we can embrace the transformation and join our children at this new level of consciousness.

Jacqueline Lloyd is an expert on Indigo Children, a metaphysical teacher, the author of The Thief Of Sacred, and co-founder of The Great Transformation- A Return To The Heart. For more information on metaphysics, The Thief of Sacred, and Indigo Children, visit Jacqueline’s Web site at or email her at .

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