If you’ve been to some of the more esoteric corners of the internet, then you’ve doubtlessly heard the term “Indigo Child” before. But what does it mean–and, more importantly, are you an indigo child?
Simply put, an indigo child is just a child, with the indigo meaning they possess an old soul and are exceptionally gifted. The term originated in the 1970s, when parapsychologist Nancy Ann Tappe began writing and speaking about special children who possessed a rare indigo aura. The term caught on as books such as “What Color Is Your Aura?” by Barbara Powers hit the market in the late 80s and early 90s.
Depending on who you ask, Indigo Children are either more empathic and talented than the average person–or they might be much, much more. However, some believers think that these special kids are actually the next stage in human evolution. They think the children have supernatural powers such as telepathy.
If you’re curious about whether you or someone you know might be one of these elusive Indigos, here’s a checklist of the most commonly described traits.
Some critics argue that these traits allow parents to “alternatively diagnose” children with attention disorders, learning disabilities, and even autism. This might lead to the children being unable to access necessary care during their formative years.
Although the film doesn’t explicitly reference indigo children, it’s clear that the YA action drama “The Darkest Minds” draws heavily on the idea. In the film, teens with unusual, potentially dangerous abilities are rounded up by the government. Pushed too far, they band together and fight back.
It’s hard not to see shades of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic “Childhood’s End,” first published in 1953. In the novel, seemingly benign aliens arrive and gradually foster humanity’s children to ascend to a galactic hive-mind. (Seriously, you just have to read it.)
Boriska Kipriyanovich, the pixie-featured Russian boy who claims to have been born on Mars, has puzzled scientists since his beliefs became public. Boriska has off-the charts intelligence. In fact, his mother claims that he was able to speak when he just a few months old and could read before his second birthday.
That would be remarkable enough, but Boriska also insists that he is a Martian. Specifically, he believes he was born on Mars. He says he traveled here to be reborn as a human being. According to him, his civilization was almost wiped out by nuclear war, and he wanted to warn Earth about the dangers of war.
Interestingly, his motives for coming to Earth are similar to the message delivered by aliens to a group of schoolkids in Africa. Dozens of students claim to have met aliens outside their school in Ruwa, Zimbabwe, one afternoon in 1994. Boriska was born less than two years later.
The Russian boy from Mars is now 24 years old. He has said all along that he and other Indigo Children are, in fact, reincarnated aliens who are here to help humanity.