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Friday, January 27, 2006

The Emperor's New Indigo Aura

It's really hard to believe this fantasy about "indigo children" has been around since the 1980s, yet I hadn't heard of it until today.

Some self-proclaimed psychic claimed back then to be able to see an indigo aura around these special children, and it just kept growing from there.

Here's a representative sample of the newspaper reports -- this one from today's Allentown Morning Call online edition:

The ''indigo evolution'' has created its own cottage industry and melted into the public consciousness. Some therapists in the Lehigh Valley region say they counsel indigo children and their parents. Books on the subject are flying off the shelves, and tickets are selling rapidly for a new documentary about the movement airing this weekend.

Mainstream mental health professionals dismiss the indigo label as a fantasy parents adopt to feel better about their children's unruly behavior, or in some cases, a diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Many parents of indigos choose to view their children's behavior instead through a New Age lens, one that reveals them as advanced souls reincarnated to help usher in an era of peace and environmental renewal.

There was a time when people joked about the tendency of new parents to believe that their first child possessed amazing intelligence and talent. It was worth a chuckle or two.

This idea of children with a telltale indigo aura who have returned to Earth to save us and the planet is worth a horselaugh followed by a guffaw and finished off with a good belly laugh -- right after getting over the shock of finding out that thousands of people actually believe it!

Some of them even think that most -- maybe 90 percent -- of the children born in the past ten years are "indigo children."

Apparently they haven't noticed those Moslem children who are filled with irrational, murderous hatred from the time they can begin to speak in complete sentences. Or, are those children the other 10 percent?

The old story of the emperor's new clothes involved people who weren't willing to say that they couldn't see the new clothes, but this indigo aura does that one better: It isn't supposed to be visible to anyone other than a "psychic" who can see auras. Hardly anyone expects to see it, but they like what it means, and that's apparently enough for them.


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