Indigo children and colorful auras, another New Age deception

Have you heard of the ** Indigo Children? It’s no secret that childhood is a difficult stage.

Not only because of the succession of rapid changes with which it is associated; also by the frictions which can arise between an inexperienced person, relatively impulsive and ignorant of many social customs and the adults with whom they live and who bring them protection, education and affection.

The generalized fraud of pseudoscience

To the complications that appear in the relationship between children and adults must be added the difficulty with which young people express what they feel and identify their own thought patterns, and the result is that many people are prone to misinterpret minors. . This margin of interpretation may be relevant enough to include errors of judgment on children’s intentions or interests, or it may be broad enough to affect how the nature of the child is viewed.

It is in this second case that the pseudoscience of New Age dyes has fertile ground for the flourishing of ideas as dangerous as that of the Indigo children.

What are Indian children?

The idea of ​​Indian children was born in the 1980s with a New Age book entitled Understanding Your Life Through Color, by Nancy Tappe. It was said that the author could see an invisible aura that surrounds people and informs everyone’s nature. With this donation, Tappe could have discovered a rapid growth in the number of people born with a bluish aura, indicating some sort of qualitative change in the unfolding of the story.

These young people with a bluish aura are Indian children, people endowed with a privileged relationship with the spiritual and certain particular properties.

Drill effect to deceive the uninformed

The description of the Indian child typology is broad enough for various New Age gurus to take advantage of by generating content on the subject, and ambiguous enough to enjoy a healthy dose of Forer Effect in the face of some public opinion. The only more or less concrete thing that we can know about Indian children is that they need treatment and education different from those of other children, that they are more sensitive on the “spiritual plane” of reality and that they convey a message of peace from mysterious and intangible bodies. Each of these children is something like an outpost of a new world full of peace and love to come, the first signs of a paradigm shift, etc.

Due to the pseudo-scientific basis of the concept of “indigo children,” it can hardly be said to be a theory or a hypothesis. It is, in any case, another museum piece of the speculations which, by resorting to spiritual elements to explain, cannot be put to the test.

Why is it dangerous to believe all of this?

Listening to these kinds of ideas can be very damaging if it helps to mask the problems or challenges the child is facing. For example, a variant of Indian children called “Glass children” It can be linked to cases of autism or much-discussed ADHD, or it acts as a label applied to young people who are simply showing unusual aspects or behaviors and therefore have difficulty adjusting to certain environments. For example, it’s tempting to start believing in a child’s particular properties if it allows us to deny a neurological or psychological diagnosis that causes us rejection.

Moreover, as texts about Indian children may refer to the special needs of these people and their “higher” abilities, a sort of caste system or a new form of racism is generated, this time based on a color that does not exist. is not seen: that of the aura. On the other hand, the messianic message associated with Indian children displaces very concrete and material problems displacing a spiritual world, thus creating a teleology that is difficult to justify.

Finally, it should be noted that when you read about the existence of Indian children, you read something that belongs to the fantasy genre. It can be entertaining if it’s digested for what it really is: a series of fictitious reality stories crafted with varying degrees of success and with varying degrees of complexity. However, given the sheer volume of pseudo-scientific content that New Age writers bombard us with year after year, it would be interesting to wonder if we wouldn’t win by changing these texts to those of Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, or Terry Pratchett.

After all, worldly beings and linked to materiality, we must be accountable to the god of time well invested.

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