Who Are the Indigos?

The Indigos are a new wave of youth who have been drawing global attention for their unconventional behavior, unique attributes, and advanced mental and physical capabilities.

Lee Carroll and Jan Tober of San Diego, California, have been traveling internationally since the early 1990s, delivering self-empowerment workshops. During their travels, Lee and Jan began hearing from parents about the new challenges parents were having with their children. Their interest peaked when they began hearing the same information from day-care providers, counselors and educators who were reporting behaviors unlike anything they had previously experienced. Lee and Jan quickly realized that it was not just an American phenomenon. They had personally seen it on three continents – eclipsing cultural barriers and encompassing multiple languages. 

It was their belief that the new phenomena escaped mainstream attention due to the fact that it is just too weird to consider in today’s paradigm of human psychology. Most of society seems to believe in evolution, but usually sees it as something that relates to the past. The thought that there might be an entire new wave of human consciousness – manifested in the children who were beginning to arrive on the planet – could be startling news to many. In the introduction of their 1999 book The Indigo Children, Lee and Jan stated that they were stepping out on a limb to provide the best information they could about what they had observed on a subject that is undoubtedly controversial for many reasons.

The publication of The Indigo Children opened the door to wide-spread discussion among parents and professionals who had been witnessing the Indigo phenomena, but were at a loss to understand it and unaware of its global reach. The flood of personal stories triggered by The Indigo Children paved the way for Lee’s and Jan’s second book, Indigo Celebration in 2001. Since 1999; websites, books, magazines, documentaries and newscasts on CNN and ABC have moved awareness of the Indigo phenomena from its origin in the spiritual community to mainstream.

Celia Finn, Ph.D., a former South African University professor and author of A Guide to Complementary Therapies, describes the Indigos in her article “The Way of the Indigo Warrior” as sensitive, creative, spiritual, highly intelligent, having lots of questions and demands, energetic, strong-willed with a clear sense of their own value and importance, right-brain oriented, very imaginative, like to debate and negotiate, passionate, intensely loyal to friends, strong on honesty and communication in relationships, not ordered around by authority figures, recognize equality, and bored in traditional school systems. “They strive to express themselves and remain true to who they are while still achieving success as dictated by our culture.”

My interest in the Indigos piqued when I asked myself, “With these unique characteristics, I wonder what will happen when they begin populating the workplace?”  That was about ten years ago. Today, many in their 30s and some in their 40s are doing just that.

Today’s leaders need  to be open to allowing the Indigo’s gifts to unfold rather than trying to mold them into the typical command and control structure of most corporate environments.

I firmly believe that unconventional behavior and unique attributes, when viewed from an expanded perspective, will reveal valuable assets rather than alleged liabilities.




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