Question #1:“What can we do about the “unintended consequences” of the plethora of “labels” being assigned to our children (Indigos, Crystals, Rainbows, New Kids, etc.), why can’t they just be called children?”
Answer #1: First of all let’s discuss the concept of labels. A label is normally used as a way of identifying the distinguishing characteristics of an object, place, person or thing. Let’s take a simple analogy - flowers. To distinguish between the different flowers we give them names – labels. We have roses, daisies, daffodils, tulips, violets and lilies - to name a few. Each of the flowers has different needs for supporting its growth. Some flowers require different amounts of sunshine, water, and other nutrients to allow the seed within to fully express its beauty. Some like it indoors while others prosper outdoors. Flowers have different colors, different shapes, and emit many different aromas. Some flowers bloom for just one season while others bloom every year.
You can see that if we treated all flowers the same, many would not reach their full potential and others would not survive at all. It is necessary that we are able to distinguish between the different flowers by their labels – names - so we can provide them with the appropriate environment and nourishment.
The real challenge comes when people assign labels to an object, place, person or thing that portrays their personal “judgment” or “bias.” For flowers, these are labels that can be positive, “what a beautiful color,” or negative, “I can’t stand lilies, they remind me of funerals.” We cannot dictate others personal likes and dislikes so it is best to just allow others to have their own points of view. It has nothing to do with us.
With regard to labeling children, it is not a matter of telling others to label or not to label because it would be impossible to control such a thing. We must each discern for ourselves what the label - assigned name - means to us personally. We can ascertain the credibility of the assignor, the logic behind the label, its usefulness, etc. and see how it resonates with us. If it resonates, go with it, if not, ignore it. There will be those who support certain labels - names - and those who support others. That’s just human nature.
We, as a society, have been labeling periods of time in our civilized history (Ages) as well as ourselves, individually, for eons. We assign each other labels for the “Astrological Sign” at birth, and the “Generation” during which we grew up - along with the “potential” characteristics associated with those labels. There are those who support these concept and those who do not. It’s a matter of personal choice.
The challenge comes, not so much from the labels, but what “meaning” each of us – as individuals - assign to a label. These are, quite often, the “unintended consequences” of assigning a label. The “unintended consequences” come from personal interpretations, perceptions or judgments which, in many cases, are based on a misunderstanding or having access to limited information. These limiting views can often be changed or expanded by acquiring new knowledge and greater awareness about the subject in question.
Regarding your question about Indigos, the color, “Indigo”, was first associated with children in the mid-1970s when Nancy Tappe, a women from Carlsbad, CA, who has the ability to read (see and interpret) the various color patterns in the human energy field, noticed Indigo blue - for the first time - in the energy field of a friend’s newborn baby. From this observation, the name, “Indigo child” was born. Numerous channels have also been offering information about the Indigo children. Use discernment here, as well.
In 1982, Nancy published her seminal book, “Understanding Your Life Through Color” following almost ten years of research to statistically validate her work of “reading” and “classifying” the colors in the human energy field.
Additional global research completed by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober of San Diego, CA , via interviews with parents, educators, and therapists gave rise to the first Indigo book, “Indigo Children”, published in 1999. The book identified ten pre-dominate characteristics of - potential - behavior for the growing population of young children – worldwide. “Indigo Children” was followed by the second Indigo book, “Indigo Celebration”, in 2001 as a result of the many real life stories submitted by parents detailing the personal experiences they were encountering with their young ones. Since then, there have been two documentary films, “Indigo Child” and “Indigo Celebration” followed by news coverage on the major TV Networks. The Indigo concept was nurtured in the metaphysical (spiritual) community and has, over the years, moved into mainstream as has the awareness and acceptance of metaphysics (spirituality). According to Nancy Tappe, the Crystals and Rainbows are part of the Indigo wave of evolution, which will cover multiple generations, and are coming in with even high levels of consciousness.
There are those who support the Indigo concept and those who do not. The Indigo label resonates with the metaphysical (spiritual) community while the label of “new kids” will more likely appeal to a mainstream audience. One must speak to an audience’s present level of listening. Either way, those involved with our young ones are experiencing children with unique characteristics and advanced abilities. Something out of the ordinary is going on. Pay attention to it and - trust your intuition.