Dear Sensitive Soul,

It seems like forever since I've last written you. In April I attended Debbie Ford's Shadow Process workshop. The workshop was intense; I'm not sure that I recommend it for sensitive souls. It was quite interesting nonetheless. Much of my attention has been flowing in the direction of the shadow lately through my client work, personal work, and reading. I'm particularly enjoying "Owning Your Own Shadow," by Robert Johnson. I expect that I'll write about the shadow in a coming e-zine.

Mostly I've been following my inner guidance about laying low and focusing on heart and home. I keep promising myself that I'll be looking at a teaching schedule for this year, but I think it will wait until the fall. My intuition is loud and clear. I hope you'll avail yourself of my online classes in the meantime.

I haven't forgotten my promise to share wedding thoughts and pictures with you. I'll most likely post them on the blog within the next month or so. Stay tuned!

Warmly,
Jenna

Feature Article
Are You an Indigo?

There's a lot of information available these days about "Indigo Children." A variety of books -- and even a few movies -- now cover the subject. Indigos are known for being highly sensitive. Many sensitive souls wonder if they might be Indigos, too.

The answer is: maybe.

According to Pamala Oslie, author of the book "Life Colors," each of us is born with an aura color that is a life-long color. These life colors influence how we live, how careers best suit us, and how we interact in relationships, among other things. We also take on different colors in the outer layers of our energy fields, depending on what we are doing at any given time. These are the colors typically seen when we take aura pictures.

Indigos are people from one of many possible life colors, several of which are also highly sensitive. Other sensitive colors include Blue, Violet, Lavender, Crystal, Yellow, and Sensitive Tan. According to Oslie and other respected authors, more Indigos have been born in the last 30 years or so than at any other time period so far on our planet. It's an Indigo baby boom.

This doesn't mean that every single person under the age of 29 is an Indigo. It simply means that in the younger age group, there is a stronger likelihood of a person being an Indigo than being another life color. Older sensitives may be Indigos, too, and can be considered pioneers.

We're moving into an Indigo Age, particularly as more Indigos begin to mature and take on positions of authority. The Indigo Age is about living from a higher consciousness.

Like with many people of sensitive life colors, Indigos are spiritual, sensitive, and psychic. Indigos hold a natural affinity for technology. They are also strong and independent. Indigos are born with their spiritual memories intact, which means that they can remember past lives or spiritual interactions in great detail. They aren't particularly comfortable being in a physical body, and they easily become overwhelmed.

Indigos react to overwhelm by withdrawing for protection, or by reacting with hyperactivity. People often misdiagnose Indigos with ADD, ADHD, or other learning disabilities. Instead of helping them understand themselves and their sensitivities, our culture uses medication to "help" Indigos conform to systems that are ultimately unsuitable for their temperament.

Another distinctive characteristic: An Indigo absolutely will not tolerate any form of inauthenticity, dishonesty, manipulation, guilt, or punishment. Indigos don't respond well to the structures of mainstream schools and social systems, for instance, because these systems are simply not truthful or meaningful enough for them. They question and challenge current methods and beliefs, much to the frustration of many people in authority. Indigos feel the need to connect with the meaning of what they are doing, and have to be treated with honesty. When they are not, they feel confused, lost, and deeply unhappy. People of other life colors can also become aware of such travesties, but they are more likely to conform when an authority figures tells them to do so.

To manage their discomfort and rage toward society, many Indigos check out with drugs, alcohol, or computer games. Unfortunately, our culture doesn't teach Indigos how to channel their indignation at the state of the world into positive change. Their frustration can come out in self-destructive ways -- or sadly, even in violent episodes like we've seen recently at Virginia Tech. Those of us who have been involved in social activism can help teach Indigos how to create positive change in the world instead.

As Indigos grow into their power and learn how to manage their gifts, we will transition into the next age, an Indigo Age, focused on creating higher levels of consciousness, peace, and harmony.

In the 1950s, we were in a Blue Age. The Blue life color was dominant. Think of the stereotypical Beaver Cleaver family and you'll get the idea. Blues focus on home, family, and relationships, and tend to be rescuers and caregivers. Blues are highly intuitive, emotional, and sensitive. They are warm, nurturing, and tend to cry easily. Blues are also very spiritual.

Then in the 1960s, the Violet Age began. It continues today, though we are beginning to transition into the Indigo Age. Violets are passionate people who want to change the world for the better. Violets overturn old beliefs. Think about the hippie era with its burgeoning civil rights movements and peace demonstrations and you'll get a sense of what Violets are all about. Violets are sensitive in their passion, emotion, and depth.

According to Dr. Doreen Virtue, another author who writes and speaks about Indigos, our needs and prayers for support have called the Indigos as reinforcements for Violets and other humanitarians, to help create further positive change in the world. As intuitive and visionary leaders, many Violets are adding Indigo to their auras to prepare for what's next. I believe that Violets (and Violet combination colors) may be what Dr. Virtue calls "Lightworkers."

According to Oslie, the other sensitive life colors include Yellows, Sensitive Tans, Crystals, and Lavenders:

* Yellows are fun, sensitive, loving, creative, spontaneous, easy-going, and touchy-feely. Yellows are natural healers and have exuberant energy. Like Indigos, they often get diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Yellows are very physical creatures.

* Sensitive Tans are Tan with a Blue band. Sensitive Tans combine their analytical abilities with their loving and intuitive abilities. They are quiet, rational, sensitive, and supportive. The description of Sensitive Tans brings to mind the Rational types (NT) in the Myers-Briggs system.

* Crystals are rare, though Dr. Virtue believes there are more being born right now. Crystals are sensitives and healers. They are so sensitive to other people's energy that they need lots of time alone to clear their energy fields. They are the chameleons; they take on other's energies and personalities.

* Lavenders are a delicate sensitive type, focused on fantasy. They tend to be disconnected from their physical bodies and physical reality -- though I do find this with many sensitive types, in general. Lavenders are child-like and creative artists.

Many sensitives who think they are Indigos might actually be Violets or Violet combination colors, like Violet-Yellows or Violet-Blues. The difference is about life purpose:

* Indigos are here to live as examples of a new higher awareness. They are here to show us a better way to live. They tend to operate in life's background.

* Violets are here to help save the planet through spiritual, humanitarian, and environmental causes. Violets tend to work with groups and feel they have a message to give or an important contribution to make during their lifetime. Violets are here to see and be seen.

* Blues are here to focus on teaching and giving love. Blues tend to work one on one. Blues often have a family and a caregiver focus to their lives.

I hope this article helps give you a sense of whether or not you might be an Indigo, or might have one in your life. These important people need our support to fully become themselves, to become connected to their own inner guidance systems, and to find non-judgmental sources of support who can see the gifts they are here to share. We need them!

 

Related resources
Pamala Oslie's Online life colors test
Explore working with Jenna to discover and integrate your life purpose
"Life Colors," by Pamala Oslie
"Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children: A Guide to the New Generations of Highly Sensitive Young People," by Dr. Doreen Virtue (digital audio download)
"Indigo Children," by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober
"The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children," by Dr. Doreen Virtue
"The Crystal Children," by Dr. Doreen Virtue

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