The Indigo Body
THE INDIGO BODY
The Indigo Body is like any other human body. However what differentiates the Indigo from other souls are their eyes and overall neurological makeup. Shakespeare wrote that, “the eyes are the windows of the soul”, which is very true for Indigo students. They know how to look or stare at you and also learn what you are about in a few seconds. Furthermore, among many Indigos there is a large population of them diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). However one should realize that not all Indigos are ADD/ADHD nor all those diagnosed with ADD/ADHD considered Indigos. You can have one without the other.
The Indigo student learns with their whole body. Many Indigos are tactile learners and they process energy levels and new information through their hands. Often their body movements give them away; hands on eveyrthing, constantly touching and feeling. The tactile stimulation also engages the other modes of learning in auditory and visual areas of the brain.
What to do with a student fidgeting and handling everything and everyone?
As the teacher or parent, allow the Indigo to move around, touch, feel squeeze objects. Also, remind the Indigo of appropriate boundaries, theirs and others. Make available items for them to touch, such as stuffed animals, puzzles, squeeze balls, etc. I have a small supply of puzzles that require problem-solving and tactile movement and designed for one person only, stocked in my classroom. MindWareonline.com has a great selection of puzzles for the classroom that will keep their busy hands occupied. The high energy level in an Indigo body has to move on or become engaged in some activity.
Another issue with the Indigo body is how to get their attention when they are doing something. They are not deaf but their whole body and mind is engaged in whatever they do, especially if they are problem-solving or trying to make something with their hands. It is futile to try and give directions when they are engaged like this, therefore, save your energy. Instead tap them lightly on their shoulder or arm and verbal directions can now be given.
Maintaining the health of the Indigo body is a major concern for all involved. There is western medicine, western foods and nutritional standards versus eastern medicine which is replete with many alternatives and seemingly cultural differences.
In the western medicine scenario, the Indigo is often diagnosed through a battery of tests, given a prescribed medication and told to eat a healthy diet. Compliance to the medicine is considered very important and soon enough the Indigo is having symptoms related to the medicines they have been given. More medicine is then prescribed. Meanwhile the Indigo body is getting run down, and this once beautiful soul is sick and very depressed. Yet western medicine is excellent for treating major issues in the body like heart failure, cancer and pneumonia. But the issues for the Indigo body are different.
These children convert energy from food very fast. They can consume large amounts of junk food that is highly processed, high fat levels, high sugar levels and still appear healthy. In fact, they are sensitive to sugar, dyes and additives, all found in junk food. The same old tune is sung here: a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, whole grain and very little meat would actually help the Indigo maintain a healthy metabolism.
A usage of a new “superfood”, Klamath Lake: Blue Green Algae has shown to make dramatic health changes for users. It is pure brain food. It is a natural food harvested from Klamath Lake in Oregon. It does not contain preservatives, artificial dyes or flavor modifiers. What it does contain is protein and carbohydrates that work to stabilize the user’s blood sugar levels, also free from toxins and supplies beta-carotene and vitamin B12. The following websites will provide more in-depth information on the usage of blue-green algae in your Indigo’s diet:Cell Tech and Klamath Lake. However, please check with your physician before embarking on the use of dietary supplements. They may have information that will further inform you. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitue endorsement or recommendation of use.
In the eastern medicine scenario, one may look at several healing therapies that will help bring balance to the Indigo’s mind, body and spirit. Eastern medicine also uses a host of alternative therapies like accupuncture, massage therapy, yoga, herbal treatments and aromatherapy.
A recognized therapy is Reiki (Ray-key), a natural healing energy, channeled into the person through a Reiki practitioner or Reiki Master. Reiki has been practiced for over 2,000 years and in recent years has grown very popular. What Reiki does is help balance the chakras of the person. Chakras are the wheels of energy located in every person. If a chakra is blocked then the energy will not come through and also help the other chakras. A reiki session will help to release the block in the chakra and is non-invasive, gentle and often soothing for the Indigo body and spirit. Its increased popularity leads one to believe that Reiki has a special place for our evolving generation of Indigos.
Indigos Diagnosed with ADD or ADHD
In my teaching profession, I work with high school students diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, Touretts Syndrome, Cerebral Palsey and a host of other “learning disabilities”. I call their disabilites DIFFERENCES. Not all my students are Indigos, but all have learning differences.
They are noisy, loud, demonstrative, loving, often impatient, understanding at times, low on self-esteem, low on self-worth and desperately seeking their true identity amidst all the other students. They can make you cry one minute and laugh the next. When they learn something it is a real “ah-ha moment.” And among all of them are true Indigos.
The major breakthrough for teachers and students in the LD category was Ritalin. This is an example of western medicine doing its best for a population of people before it has all the answers and studies to prove their claims. Ritalin calms the student for a short while, maybe 4-6 hours to make life easier for the teacher and the class. Hopefully the student on the Ritalin will have learned something in that time period. There are other medications that have the same purpose but Ritalin is the most commonly prescribed.
The body is affected by the usage of drugs like Ritalin. The concern parents should raise eyebrows over, and many do, is that the drug manufacturers do not have studies that explain the long-term affects of the drug on the body and central nervous system.
Any parent reading this may already know of the powerful side affects of Ritalin on their child’s body. For those who are not aware, the shortened list below was taken from the Physician’s Desk Reference PDR, 1998 edition and enumerates the side-affects:
Nervousness and insomnia, most common symptoms.
Many skin rashes, swollen itching skin, scaly patches of skin, inflammed skin
Destruction of blood vessels
Anorexia: girls and boys
Irregualr heartbeats and or high blood pressure
Abdominal pain and obvious weight loss
(Yet, over 4 millions children are on this or similar medication!)
One can not abruptly tell parents that their child should no longer be on Ritalin or any other drug that “controls” the student. Somehow the student has to learn while in school, learn social manners and also learn how to survive as an adult someday. Furthermore, parents have to live with the child. But it has been my experience that parents would like to see gentler methods of helping their children than through control with drugs.
What to remember?
The Indigo body is sensitive to drugs (all drugs, even medicines), chemicals, additives, dyes, processed flours, sugar, caffeine. The body, mind and spirit all work best when in unison and balanced. The body of any person, when sick or debilitated will cause breakdowns in areas of cognitive thought and spiritual beliefs.