Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What Do You Know about Indigos?

Indigo Awakening: A Doctor's Memoir of
Forging an Authentic Life in a Turbulent World
Author: Janine Talty, DO
Publisher: Elite Books
ISBN: 978-1-60070-63-7

Indigo Children. You may have heard this phrase before. It was coined some twenty years ago, by Nancy Ann Dappe. It appears in her book "Understanding Your Life Through Color", published in 1982. Indigo Children is a term that describes the attributes of a particular group of people, commonly known as Indigo. You may share these characteristics yourself, or know someone who does. Characteristics include: great empathy, a sense of purpose, well developed intuition and a connection, nearly psychic, to the people the Indigo is close to, altruism and a keen, sometimes emotionally painful awareness of the feelings of people around them. Indigos are often nearly overwhelmed by a feeling of responsibility for everyone and everything around them. They have a strong sense of justice and fair play. Many Indigos have a great resistance to authority and authority figures, especially if they believe the authority figure is untruthful, biased or unjust. They tend to avoid being in large groups when possible. The feelings of individuals in a crowd are felt by the Indigo, and with so many people, the feelings and emotions coming at them are so great and varied that dealing with it mentally is many times exhausting; mentally, emotionally, spiritually and often even physically it leads the Indigo personality to feel drained, exhausted and overwhelmed.

Indigos feel so much sympathy and empathy for others, they generally tend to have poor personal boundaries, causing them to be overwhelmed by anxiety and worry for others, wanting to solve everything. Indigos often are whole brain thinkers, perceiving concepts as fully developed pictures, unable to view simply a portion of a situation, overwhelming them with what may look insurmountable.

Indigo Awakening relates the author's personal story. It's different from most of the books available on the subject, because they are written by people not living as an Indigo. An Indigo faces situations, experiences and difficulties in a way that is unique to their perceptions; it only makes sense that an actual Indigo would offer a more clear and concise view of just this experience, a level of understanding of the concept that others often do not fully grasp.

Dr. Talty shares a truly inspiring story, the honesty and truth to her experiences rings so true that the reader feels well connected her, as one is to a friend as opposed to just an acquaintance or author in general.

Indigo personalities are often described as being in the world but not of the world. Social norms and customs are hard for them to understand and comprehend. The ceremonial rituals seems meaningless to them. Most Indigos have difficulty participating in celebrations such as graduations, birthdays and what other people consider to be landmark personal experiences. Organized religion in general and its ceremonial use of ritual in particular seems empty, meaningless and often unnecessary and false to them. If they participate at all, it's usually to appease the desires of family and friends.

This book offers an extremely fascinating and thoroughly enjoyable read. If a family member, friend or coworker is Indigo, the book will give the reader invaluable insight into their way of thinking and coping. It will help them understand why the Indigo does the things they do and how to make a personal relationship with the Indigo fuller and more rewarding. Be warned that the author holds opinions and beliefs that may seem odd or downright ridiculous to some readers. However, use the ability to move beyond that, because even it you don't share the author's particular view of some aspects of the world or its future, you will find knowledge here that will prove valuable to your relationship with the Indigos you care about personally. Unique and touching, it's a book I highly recommend!

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