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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 The Curator on Tue Dec 13, 2005
Comments (141)
Why is it that if you can use a cel phone or a bluetooth to send signal our mind can't do the same. - Eva

I can use a flamethrower to hurl fire 50 feet away from me, but as yet I've never been able to perform the same trick with certain body parts.

It would be so cool, too. downer
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Nov 15, 2006  at  10:47 AM
Now the indignant-o kiddies are using "love" as an argument.

Can anyone here tell us the frewquency of love? how it functions and the mathematics that describe it? Can anyone show us the measurement of love and the levels that people feel?

Once again, the moral is; If you cannot mneasure itor determine it's effects it is only real to the person who "says" they see it. Just like the six foot tall white rabbit named Harvey.
Posted by DFStuckey  in  Auckland New Zealand  on  Thu Nov 16, 2006  at  10:38 PM
You are getting it totally wrong, indigos don't have super powers we are humans and vulnerable like everybody else.
Indigos are mortal.
You are getting it totally wrong.
Posted by Eva  on  Fri Nov 17, 2006  at  12:33 PM
Either you have paranormal powers or you don't, Eva. You can't have it both ways. Paranormal powers would make you different from normal humans, if it were true.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Fri Nov 17, 2006  at  05:18 PM
Eva, what I'm getting from you is that you think you are an "Indigo" because you think you feel things more intensely than other people do.

The first thing that comes to mind is "How do you know how intensely other people feel emotions?"

Emotions are subjective. There is no real way to compare Person A's depth of feeling with Person B's. Even ignoring comparisons, nothing about feeling is supernatural. We ALL have emotions.

If you're claiming that you can read minds, THAT can be tested objectively. If you can pass a test of that ability, you will win a million dollars. You will also have advanced mankind's knowledge immeasurably. I know you have said you don't want to be a lab rat, but wouldn't THAT be worth a few hours (at most) of your time?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sat Nov 18, 2006  at  02:31 AM
Cranky media gey~
just so you know, auras HAVE been photographed. A lot of people wont accept that as proof, but i think it would be obviouse to anyone that isn't already convinced its impossible, that auras exist. Its kindof like the people who say ESP doesn't exist, despite the fact that repeated and controlled tests show that some people repeatedly score far above what could possibly be expected from mere probobility. Its lacking common sense and an open mind.
I personally think its stupid that so many people find it impossible to fathom an energy field radiating around people. It maked perfect sense, honestly. Do you really think your energy stays confined to the boundry of your skin?
So maybe Cranky media gey should do some resurch to find out who first photographed an aura and give him his million dollars, but if that's not proof enough for you, you can just join the long list of people that the future will consider idiots. You know, there was a time when people refused to believe the earth wasn't the center of the universe, or round for that matter. The first man to suggest the idea of creatures so small we couldn't see them that were the cause of much disease, which he called bacteria, was laughed at.
And, many people can see auras. Just because you can't perceive something doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Did you know that Albert Einstein's life work was to try and find a common energy that underlies all matter in the universe? I'd tend to think he's alot more intelligent than most if not all of the skeptics who say auras are impossible.
Posted by Raven  in  United States  on  Tue Nov 28, 2006  at  07:03 PM
Raven said:

"Cranky media gey~
just so you know, auras HAVE been photographed. A lot of people wont accept that as proof, but i think it would be obviouse to anyone that isn't already convinced its impossible, that auras exist."

Are you talking about so-called Kirlian photography? Sorry to burst your bubble, but we know how they work and it ISN'T due to "auras."

"Its kindof like the people who say ESP doesn't exist, despite the fact that repeated and controlled tests show that some people repeatedly score far above what could possibly be expected from mere probobility. Its lacking common sense and an open mind."

Please tell me which "repeated and controlled tests" you refer to. Are you SURE they were properly scientifically controlled? I've read about "tests" which alleged to "prove" the existance of ESP, but they were very badly conducted and certainly NOT proper scientific tests.

"I personally think its stupid that so many people find it impossible to fathom an energy field radiating around people. It maked perfect sense, honestly. Do you really think your energy stays confined to the boundry of your skin?"

What kind of energy are you referring to? It isn't an inability to "fathom" an energy field around the human body that's the problem. It's that the existance of such a thing has NEVER been scientifically established.

"So maybe Cranky media gey should do some resurch to find out who first photographed an aura and give him his million dollars, but if that's not proof enough for you, you can just join the long list of people that the future will consider idiots."

OK, just for starters, it isn't MY Million Dollar Challenge. It's offered by the James Randi Educational Foundation (randi.org).

Hey, here's a swell idea: why don't YOU find out who first "photographed an aura." It isn't MY job to chase unicorns. As I mentioned above, there's no doubt that "auras" can be photographed but we know what they are and it isn't anything supernatural. It's called "electrical corona discharge."

"You know, there was a time when people refused to believe the earth wasn't the center of the universe, or round for that matter. The first man to suggest the idea of creatures so small we couldn't see them that were the cause of much disease, which he called bacteria, was laughed at."

Here, you are using the same faulty "logic" many believers in silly things employ: Somewhere, once upon a time, someone proposed the existance of something which the scientists of his day denied. Since this person was subsequently proved to be correct, somehow this "proves" that the silly thing YOU are proposing must also be true.

"And, many people can see auras. Just because you can't perceive something doesn't mean it doesn't exist"

True, nor does it prove that it DOES exist. All of the things you mention above gained general acceptance via PROOF. If and when you have some of that, you, too, will be believed.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Nov 29, 2006  at  03:35 AM
"Did you know that Albert Einstein's life work was to try and find a common energy that underlies all matter in the universe? I'd tend to think he's alot more intelligent than most if not all of the skeptics who say auras are impossible."

Um, what does Einstein's work have to do with the existance or non-existance of auras? You're making an illogical leap there. I know of nothing that Einstein worked on that had anything to do with auras.

Bottom line: You believe in auras. You WANT to believe in auras. You have NO evidence that they exist, but because you have such desire to believe in them, you get mad when anyone points out that there is NO proof of their existance. Sorry but your belief, no matter how sincere or passionate, does NOT constitute evidence of their existance.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Nov 29, 2006  at  03:35 AM
Einstein's work in his final years (not his whole life's work - he did manage to squeeze general and special relativity in there somewhere) was Quantum Gravity.

First of all, energy and forces are different things. There are four basic forces in the universe, the weak nuclear force, the strong nuclear force, electromagnetism, and gravity. Electromagnetism is what creates Auras, and is a very well known phenomenon. Nothing special or supernatural about it.

The four forces had been discovered by earlier scientists, and none have been discovered since. The weak nuclear force and the electromagnetic force had already been shown to be two variations on the same fundamental force (the electroweak force).

It is widely accepted that the strong nuclear force will also combine under the Grand Unified Theory, but this has yet to be proven.

Einstein, and many, many, many people since, was trying to show that gravity would also combine under certain conditions, thus proving that all four forces are simply different manifestations of the same Prime Force. Unfortunately this has eluded everyone so far.

In other words, Einstein was trying to show the KNOWN forces could be considered the same force, not that there was some as yet unknown force.

However, your incorrect facts and assumptions don't invalidate your main assertion, that paranormal activity exists. You're just using pseudo-scientic language to help explain something that doesn't actually make any sense in the real word. It's a time honored tradition among paranormalists. They seem to think it makes up for their complete lack of any actual evidence.

(and yes David, I'm well aware that gravity can't actually be considered a force until a working quantum gravity theory is accepted)
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Nov 29, 2006  at  11:18 AM
Here, you are using the same faulty "logic" many believers in silly things employ: Somewhere, once upon a time, someone proposed the existance of something which the scientists of his day denied. Since this person was subsequently proved to be correct, somehow this "proves" that the silly thing YOU are proposing must also be true.

Echo, echo, echo...

I'm beginning to think we need a text file of commonly used retorts.

If Silly Argument A then Educational Explanation A else Witty Rejoinder
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Nov 29, 2006  at  11:22 AM
My thoughts:
1) The orange story is silly. The girl probably just knew her friend liked oranges.
2) People with indigo auras DO NOT have freaky special psychic powers. The just have deep intuition and a different way of thinking.
3) This doesn't have much to do with the article but... I'm age 13, and an indigo. Most people I know who have also said they are indigos are 20 and above, and seem like they're trying to prove how different they are. I think these people are most likely purple, a) because of their age, and b) the fact that they like attention. I just thought I'd put that in because purples often confuse themselves for indigos.
Posted by Natsumi_Takashima  in  Aomori, Japan  on  Tue Jan 30, 2007  at  07:17 PM
Natsumi said:

"I'm age 13, and an indigo."

No, you're not. The existance of a "human aura" has never been scientifically established. Yes, I'm sure you believe whole-heartedly that you are an "indigo" but you aren't. NO ONE is.

You're 13 so there's still time for you to adjust to reality. You should start that immediately, however, before you waste your life believing in nonsense.

Please DO NOT tell me that I can't prove that there is no such thing as a "human aura." It is not possible to prove a negative. The burden of proof is on YOU to demonstrate that the human aura exists, that auras can have different colors and that yours is indigo.

Good luck with that.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Jan 31, 2007  at  03:18 AM
Silly, silly Cranky. Aren't you aware by now that by the very virtue of being an indigo, these children have nothing to prove? You're supposed to simply accept their claims without questioning the superior race.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Wed Jan 31, 2007  at  10:16 AM
I know, I know, Charybdis. I should just learn to accept our new Indigo overlords.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Thu Feb 01, 2007  at  06:16 AM
And they called the 80s the 'Me' Decade.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Thu Feb 01, 2007  at  10:14 AM
Therefore, I am interested in WHAT WORKS. I am not interested in mere theories. I have been told I am an indigo child by a psychic. I honestly don't have much experience with spiritual new age things. But the psychic knew pretty much everything about me. She was amazing. And I know you're probably going to say/think something like "those psychics say things that apply to everyone in a way that makes everyone say YEAH THAT'S ME" I am not one of those people. I can't say that I live my life in complete objectivity, but I try my best to be objective about things.
Posted by HAHAHAHAHAHAHA hilarious...  on  Wed Feb 28, 2007  at  02:07 PM
omg sorry. i totally posted on the wrong thing! ahh, how embarrassing.
Posted by HAHAHHAHAHAH hilariuos  on  Wed Feb 28, 2007  at  02:08 PM
HAHA etc. said:

"And I know you're probably going to say/think something like "those psychics say things that apply to everyone in a way that makes everyone say YEAH THAT'S ME"

Well, that's part of the scam, but not all of it. There are some other tricks to making it look as if you know all about a person you've never met. It's called "cold reading" and the techniques are well known to magicians and others who are interested in this sort of thing.

There are books available which will tell you all about it, if you want to learn. One is by an Englishman named Ian Rowland; it isn't cheap but it's very good about explaining all the tricks that "psychics" use.
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Wed Feb 28, 2007  at  04:24 PM
Indigo chidren? That's another word for selfish little brats who they they are special but they are really frequently bullied into submission by others and therefore reduced to whiny emo kid who spends most of their free time writing unoriginal self-insertation fanfics that defy all logic. It's also a way for irresponsible parents to "feel better about themselves" so they don't have to miss their favorite soap opera program. A spoiled brat has nothing to do with "Indigo children". If that's true, then many people who have ever lived may have been identified as "Indigo" in their childhood.

Now if you really want special individuals, you have to look into the much more rational and calm youngsters that truly believe in change for the good and actually research into the subject at hand for a change of pace. And no, don't try that trick in which you look at random shapes and say "I know what's going to happen."

What's that? You "predict" disaster? You are far from the only one that claims to do that. Throughout history, people who claimed to "predict the end of the world" have been proven wrong over and over and over and over. And even if there is a event that slightly relates to your "predicted event", you claim that to be a "hit".

In conclusion, the "Indigo children" theory is nothing new, except in different names.
Posted by A person  on  Fri Mar 09, 2007  at  06:59 PM
Nicely put, A person. I do have to ask a question, however. I know what "fanfic" is, but what does "self-insertation fanfics" mean?
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sat Mar 10, 2007  at  02:36 AM
I would assume he meant "insertion", and by that I guess he means the author putting themself into the work, probably as a love interest.

Something best kept to oneself, methinks.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Mar 12, 2007  at  12:29 PM
I don't know about the truth of the "Indigo" thing, but I was often able to see things that had happened in the past, I still usually know what people are going to do or say, and have been able to since I was very small. My first memory is of an event that happened when I was only six months old. Because of the clarity of the memory for a long time I thought I had been older, but everyone that was present supports the memory of the crib. It was extremely traumatic, and no one could forget the fit I threw, I was not going to bed in that room again, and no one could make me. I knew my life was in danger in that particular room. My mother and father said it was like trying to put a cat in water. I have been diagosed as "Indigo" recently. I am well into my thirties, but I showed all of the symptoms all my life. My parents are extremely religious and terrified by the things I told them, and was convinced that I was "demonized". Being alone doesn't bother me, never has, probably never will. I do not play sports, but I do like to "hike" through the desert or mountains. School was extremely frustrating, I already knew most of the information and was bored out of my mind, and could not understand why it was that I was expected to repeat myself year after year by "learning" the same crap. I didn't have many friends, mainly because the kids were mean and hateful, I didn't want anything to do with them. Don't get me wrong, this is not a "poor me" statement. I have a happy life, marriage, kids. I am blessed to be alive. The thing with "Indigo" is that no matter how bad things get, you're problem solving abilities will get you through, and if you truly are "Indigo", it will not destroy you, adversity can only make you stronger and more loving. The wrongs done to you, you have a need to turn them around and do the opposite so that you do not cause the pain that was caused to you. In doing so, we rise above our own petty problems and learn that we are brothers and sisters, all things are concected, when one of us hurts, we all do. Please stop being so cynical and hateful.
Posted by delilah  in  alamonowhere  on  Sun Jul 01, 2007  at  04:28 PM
It's hard to not be cynical when people like you want us to accept your claims, but you won't do anything to actually prove yourself.

I might also point out that posting such a long comment about yourself and your abilities shows that you haven't risen above all of your petty problems. If you were truly happy with yourself and didn't feel the need to prove anything to anybody then you wouldn't be here posting in the first place. Especially on a hoax site.

And no amount of denial will change that fact.
Posted by Charybdis  in  Hell  on  Mon Jul 02, 2007  at  10:58 AM
When I am capable of bilocation, I will believe that indigo children exist. Until then, I rest secure in the knowledge that my soul is old and that every human soul regardless of it's age will continue to mutilate itself for the sake of knowing that each single one is right, and that those who disagree are at least by extension, wrong.
Posted by Brian  in  Frederick maryland  on  Sat Jul 14, 2007  at  10:04 PM
Is there a way that I may speak with someone about being an indigo child. Me and a friend Shun where looking at the mayan calander that says that on the date Dec. 21 2012 The world will end. Now for the longest time me and him theorised that it wont be the destruction but a large change in the world as we know it. Then at the same time we both thought to search indgo child. Our amazment knew no bounds for the next 2 days we didn't sleep as we were so deep into reasearch. We look at all of the angles. The only conclusion we have are that we are Indigo Children our self he is 18 and I am 16. Also we kept seeing the word or name KRYON. Please reply and tell me what you think and more on the situation.

P.S. Sorry if my spelling is bad I good at a lot of things but thats where the stick ends.
Posted by Chaz Schultz  in  Hampton VA  on  Sat Aug 11, 2007  at  06:12 PM
Well Chaz, obviously you need to have a baby. But first you should build a spaceship, and when the world ends you need to ship your baby off to the planet Kryon (which is actually the newly rebuilt planet Krypton, but they didn't want to call it Krypton for fear of jinxing it to the same fate as the old one.) There in the red sun, your child will thrive and gain super human abilities and be able to save their world.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Sat Aug 11, 2007  at  06:21 PM
Okay if you feel that way but get you facts right. Kryon has nothing to do with Krypton from my understanding it is a fourm of Angelic energy I never said it was like a doomsday there are many ideals and to ignore such ideals is ignorent. Any one who thinks them self to have any part of a brain must know that you have to see all the angles and see it from all the points of veiw you can.
Posted by Chaz Schultz  in  Hampton VA  on  Sat Aug 11, 2007  at  06:28 PM
But angelic energy DOES come from Krypton! Who's to say Superman's not an angel? He does fly and save people.
Posted by Sakano  in  Ohio  on  Sat Aug 11, 2007  at  06:34 PM
Hey, Chaz, you seem like a nice kid so I won't rag on you.

Can I suggest that before you and your friend decide to believe in something, you try to find out if the thing is REAL?

People can and do talk themselves into all sorts of stuff, so the fact that you believe in a thing does not PROVE that it's real. You only have one brain and one life and my suggestion is that you don't waste them on superstition.

One good question for you and your friend to ask yourself is why you believe that "indigo children" exist and why you think you are indigo children.

Is it because there are ACTUAL FACTS to support those beliefs or is it because you want to feel special and different and being "indigos" would help you with that?

There's nothing wrong with wanting to feel special. Maybe you two feel like outcasts in your town and thinking of yourself as "indigos" makes you feel as good as, or better than, the kids who pick on you.

LOTS of kids think they're weirdos. I did. Here's a little secret: high school sucks and a lot of the kids there, even the "cool" ones, are assholes. Don't worry about what they think of you. Chances are, once you graduate, you'll never see most of them ever again.

Figure out what's cool about YOU, what YOU like to do and what YOU'RE good at and concentrate on those things. You know that "secret of life" stuff people are always talking about? Well, being yourself is pretty much it. I'm an old fart and it took me most of my life to figure that out.

See, I just saved you DECADES of wondering about the Secret of Life. smile
Posted by Cranky Media Guy  on  Sun Aug 12, 2007  at  04:48 AM
How very unevolved to argue about such trivialities.
Posted by A.B.  on  Tue Sep 18, 2007  at  09:13 PM
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