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Excerpt from "Your Psychic Child"

A New Shade of Indigo

by Sara Wiseman

The following passage is excerpted from Your Psychic Child by Sara Wiseman

Your Psychic Child by Sara Wiseman © 2010 Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd. 2143 Wooddale Drive, Woodbury MN 55125-2989. Used with the permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

A New Shade of Indigo

Your world has changed. It has been changing since the beginning of time.

Your children are new. They are new to the world. They are not the same as you, or as the ones who came before you. Each generation brings forward its ability for that time. Your children bring with them the abilities of their Divine minds.—The Messages


Marissa, who is eight, first saw her grandparents (who died before she was born) when she was a toddler. Her mother chalked it up to an overactive imagination. But lately, Marissa has been seeing the spirits of departed people of all sorts—at the grocery store, the library, almost every time she’s in public. Now, her mom is starting to think that Marissa might be a medium—and she’s not sure what to do.

Juan is just six, but he understands how energy works. Not the kind of energy you get when you plug in a lamp, or turn on a stove. But the energy that streams forth from his hands when he’s around people who are sick. His hands get hot and sometimes tingly, and he has the overwhelming feeling that he should put his hands on people—especially his uncle, who has been ill for the last year. Juan thinks if he can do this, his uncle will get better. But when Juan asks his father about it, his dad gets angry.

Olivia sees angels. She also talks to them, sings to them, draws them, and plays games with them. Her parents were so concerned that they had her tested last year, but the psychologist said she was one of the happiest, most well-adjusted ten-year-olds he’d ever seen. At this point, they’re hoping she’ll grow out of it.

Animals follow Brandon. Not just dogs and cats, but sometimes wild creatures. He already knows he’s going to be a veterinarian when he grows up, “because we don’t take care of animals right,” he tells his mom. When asked how he knows this, he answers, “They tell me what they need.”

Max has trouble at school. From the moment he walks into the building, his head hurts, he gets distracted, he’s overwhelmed with stimulation. The school wants him tested for ADD/ADHD, but his mom doesn’t think that’s it—Max is fine when he’s at home. “The energy isn’t good there,” he says about school, and after volunteering in the classroom last week, his mom agrees.

Jasmine sees things before they happen. She’s been so accurate about her predictions that her parents have come to accept that she’s got some kind of psychic ability. Yet they’re not sure how to help her further. She’s only seven—should she go somewhere for training?

Thomas has refused to be an altar boy this year. He’s thirteen, and he’s been a server since he was eleven. But now he says, what’s the point? “God’s always with us, not just in church on Sunday,” he explained to the priest as he turned in his robe. His parents are upset, and so is the priest—but Thomas won’t apologize.

Jake is off in dreamland so much, he might as well live there. He gets a distant look on his face and just sits there “with my thoughts,” as he says. When his mom asks what he’s thinking about, he says, “God, and just being,” and can’t explain anything more. She’s decided not to push it, since he’s popular at his middle school and his grades are fine.

Are you raising a little spoon-bender?

Do you know children like these? What’s more, do you get the sneaking suspicion that they might be living at your house, disguised as your kids? If you’re raising or mentoring a psychically or spiritually gifted child, you’ve probably already begun to suspect there’s something “different” about him or her. For example:

Is she “psychic” about certain people, situations, even places or objects?

Does he communicate with dead people, such as your great uncle Rudy on your paternal side?

Does she see entities, orbs, other energies?

Can he heal things and work with energy, without being able to explain how he does it?

Does she tell you in great detail about places she has seen and traveled in, even though she’s never been out of her home state?

Does he talk to animals and/or commune with nature?

Is he so “sensitive” that he can hardly deal with the stress of going to school each day?

Does she have the calm presence of a little Buddha, even though you yourself are notoriously unable to meditate?

Does your child “just know” about God and energy and time and the Universe, and you have no idea where this information came from?

These are all clear signs of having a psychic or spiritually advanced child.

A generation beyond Indigo

Of course, we’ve known about these new kids for years—and we’ve been inundated with labels for them!

The “Indigos” were the first group to be named—brought to our attention by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, authors of the 1999 book The 10 Indigo Children, in which they defined this new type of child as “one who displays a new an unusual set of psychological attributes.”

While most people think of Indigo as synonymous with intuitive, it’s important to note that Indigos weren’t primarily categorized this way. Instead, Indigos were categorized as being identifiable with ten common traits, a few of which included:

(1) They come into the world with a feeling of royalty (and often act like it). (2) They have a feeling of “deserving to be here,” and are surprised when others don’t share that. (3) Self-worth is not a big issue. They often tell their parents “who they are.” (From Carroll and Tober’s The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, 1-2).

In other words, Carroll and Tober identified the Indigos as different—but their focus wasn’t specifically on intuition.

Other experts soon came forward with their own names for this generation of unusual kids, and many focused on the needs of ADD/ADHD kids or children with autism—an epidemic that began to be noticed about the same time. Nowadays, some form of autism now presents in one out of 110 American children, according to a 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (The findings are described in more detail online, at www.cdc.gov/ncbdd/features/counting-autism.html).

Author Doreen Virtue dubbed them the Rainbows (the group who arrived immediately after Indigo) and the Crystals (those born after 1995, often with pale blue eyes and a knack for telepathy, energy work, and healing). Other authors offered ways of determining which category of child you had, based on year of birth or physical characteristics or behaviors.

Adding to the mix, Sonia Choquette wrote elegantly (and sans label) about the intuitive kids in her book The Wise Child. And James Twyman traveled to Bulgaria in 2001, where he wrote about kids with spiritual gifts in his book Emissary of Love.

In fact, so many experts had so much to say, and so many terms were used, that many parents didn’t quite know how to categorize their kids. Were they living with an Indigo—or a Star? A Crystal—or

a Rainbow?

In 2005, P. M. H. Atwater confronted the label confusion in her book Beyond the Indigo Children, stating that this new generation had been variously described “as Indigos (because of the supposed color of their auras), Star Kids (because of their purported origination from other worlds), Crystal children (because some say they are highly developed), and so forth.” (Atwater, Beyond the Indigo Children: The New Children and the Coming of the Fifth World, 51).

More recently, author Meg Blackburn Losey added a few more categories (Angels on Earth, Transitional Children) in her book The Children of Now, which looks especially at the autism/intuition connection. For parents with children challenged by ADD/ADHD or autism, books like these are a compassionate cry for new ways of helping these kids.

But for parents with questions about mainstream kids who don’t have these particular challenges, this long history of “Indigo” and subsequent labels can be confusing!

My own feeling is that as today’s psychic kids continue to be born into this world at an accelerated rate—well, the time for categories is over. The tipping point for these new kids? It’s been reached. These kids are here. They’re our kids. And they’re very much more evolved than we are. Yes, they’re still children. Yes, they still play too much Nintendo/fight with their siblings/forget to feed the dog. But their minds are far more nimble in understanding and working with psychic and spiritual concepts than ours.

That said, how can you help your own child?

Fortunately, crystal-ball gazing lessons are not required. In fact, as you read on, you’ll discover that the most important thing parents can do for their psychic or spiritually advanced child is to teach him how to have a direct connection to the Divine, and then to provide an environment that supports this. I’ll show you how to do this, as well as how to work directly with your child in all aspects of his gifts, including:

Clairvoyance—the art of psychic seeing

Clairaudience—the art of psychic hearing

Clairsentience—gut feelings, instinct, “vibe”

Channeling—moving aside so other entities can communicate

Mediumship—communicating with those who have departed

Energy healing—the ability to work with energy for hands-on and distance healing

Spiritual knowing—a deep understanding of spiritual and metaphysical concepts

Other abilities—abilities that emerge as we continue to evolve

How understanding psychic gifts helps your child

First, if your child has been confused by some of the psychic or spiritual experiences she’s had lately, then understanding more about these gifts will definitely help. She (and you) will learn that what she’s experiencing is normal—part and parcel of what’s happening to many kids in the world today. She’ll also learn which gifts come easiest to her, and what to expect from each particular ability.

Second, psychic gifts and spiritual abilities aren’t mere parlor tricks; they’re exciting tools your child can use in her everyday life. In fact, understanding how to work with these abilities—these “extra” or “sixth” senses—can help your child create a more enjoyable, more directed life that’s in tune with Divine Flow. Living this way is the most blissful, effortless way to live that’s available to us as humans!

That’s a pretty handy tool for your child to learn.

Furthermore, these skills aren’t particularly hard to teach or learn, and I’ll walk you through them step by step, with plenty of room for questions. Yes, there’s a certain paradigm shift involved—you’ll need to move from “I can work with energy?” to “I can work with energy!” But besides that, you certainly don’t have to have any psychic skills to help your Divine child . . . although there’s a very good chance that simply by reading this book, your own intuitive abilities may “open.”

That said, how do you feel? Are you curious? Excited? Uncertain? Worried you won’t know what to do—or worse, that you might become psychic along the way?

Take another deep breath, and get ready.

You’re a parent.

You can do anything.

About the author:

Sara Wiseman is an author and inspirational speaker with four intuitively-gifted children of her own. A member of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, she has been a national features journalist for two decades for Gannett Media publications, Natural Awakenings and New Age Retailer. Wiseman lives in Salem, Ore. Visit www.sarawiseman.com or www.yourpsychicchild.com for more information.

Your Psychic Child: How to Raise Intuitively & Spiritually Gifted Kids of All Ages by Sara Wiseman

US $17.95 CAN $20.95 | Trade Paperback Original | ISBN 978-0-7387-2061-6

Publication date: December 8, 2010 | Llewellyn Publications

This book is available from your local bookseller and online at www.llewellyn.com.

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