Thursday, July 14, 2016

Book Review [The Indigo Children by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober]

The Indigo Children have been legends for a long time. As a primary school educator for more than two decades I personally witnessed the evolution of the kind of children that entered my classroom year after year. However, only after reading The Indigo Children by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober do I now fully understand that what I was seeing in the different types of children was a spiritual shift in consciousness.

I like the approach these two authors take in writing this book. They are not trying to convince you that special children have come into this world, instead they skillfully provided the testimony and research findings of expert educators, and counselors who have worked many years with children. They also provided the stories of parents and children to give first hand accounts that is clear evidence of their points.

What is a indigo child? " is a child who displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes and shows a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before." The book unfolds an array of select information to make identifying an indigo child very easy. The authors and experts touch on every aspect of raising these children from everyday interactions, education requirements for their success, how to use positive and effective discipline, socialization and health care. It is noted in the text that many on these children are diagnosed as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with the emphasis that sometimes this is an accurate diagnosis, but most times it is not. The book gives several concrete ways to verify a diagnosis and how to tell the difference between a true disease presence and the presence of a real indigo child. As an educator I also worked with children who were diagnosed ADD/ADHD and find that many of the techniques that were taught in the school system were also recommended in the book, this tells me that some part of education administrations took the concept of the indigo child seriously and recognized that educators would need these techniques.

The best part of the book by far is the chapter on the Spiritual Aspect  of the Indigo. They talk about the compassion for the world that these children have and their ability to remember past lives. The indigo children  have a special color to their aura which radiates indigo. One spiritual expert states she began "seeing" this aura in children as far back as the 1970's. The authors state that many are born with a natural understanding of metaphysics and are knowledgeable of their karmic debt. I also liked the section on helpful hints in raising indigo children. They are special and should be treated with respect and honor, really as any other child, but an indigo child will demand it through their behavior.

The book has some slow spots where it may seem like one expert is saying the same thing another expert said earlier. However, if this type of topic interests you then it is a good read. I recommend this book to those who are working with children.The Indigo Children should be mandatory for all daycare and seasonal camp workers, especially if they do not have a degree in education sciences. The internalizing of the material is sure to ease the tension between them and the children they might consider difficult.  If you  have children, whether they are indigo or not this book is a good manual to help you develop a better mental, physical and emotional relationship  with your child.

I give this book 4 ankhs.
K. Akua Gray
July 14, 2016
Houston, TX

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