They’re called the T Generation — the “children of now” — and some say these kids, otherwise known by terms like “indigo,” “crystal” and “star,” are going to transform the world.
They’re kids who are described as being more empathetic and intuitive, very sensitive, but also outspoken. And by no means are they followers.
Some New Age experts say every infant is now born an “indigo child,” and that, in fact, it’s the next evolution of humankind. Others say it’s more like 20 percent, and they’re here to make a point — to nudge the rest of the world into a new age of openness and peace, caring about fellow man and harmonizing with the planet.
Naysayers say the whole theory of the “transformation generation” is just another way to label kids, many of whom simply learn differently or have different talents or needs.
“I call them the 'children of now’ because I’m really trying not to specifically label them too much,” said Meg Blackburn Losey, the author of “Children of Now” and a resident of Washington state.
“There are several different labels. Indigos, most of them are in their 20s now, some in their early 30s. Since, we’ve had other kids with more refined gifts coming in, telepathic, intuitive, little healers. My estimate is 20 to 25 percent of the total population of children is some form of what we’re talking about.”
Cat Parenti-Hammad’s 25-year-old daughter, who goes by the name “Grandma Chandra,” given to her as part of a Native American custom, is among those featured in Blackburn Losey’s best-selling book.
The Tempe woman was born with a genetic trait that leaves her frail and unable to speak. But her mother says the pair speak telepathically, and Chandra uses “facilitated communication” to speak to others. Her mom guides her hands as she points to letters on a cardboard keyboard.
“My mission is to awaken as many people as possible,” Chandra said through her mother. In 100 years, she said, things can be much more peaceful as more people are born with a deeper spiritual understanding.
Chandra has inspired a new center they plan to call the Omnidimensional Center of Ascension.
They are working with an investor to open it later this year in north Scottsdale. The center will provide services including determining whether a child is indigo, crystal or star. Through her mother, Chandra says she can identify these children and help them and others refine their psychic skills, her mom explains.
According to Blackburn Losey, it’s actually possible to see a larger electromagnetic field around these children’s DNA, although she acknowledges that science is far from accepting the phenomenon.
“They’re very artistic, very musical, very intuitive,” she said. “And they’re best known for being paradigm busters. If somebody asks them to follow a rule and they realize that rule was just for somebody else’s benefit, they won’t do it. It’s an evolution of human consciousness.”
Some of them are diagnosed as having attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, she said, or can get into trouble at school because their gifts and independence aren’t embraced, something she says puts them at risk of being repressed.
Schools are being opened around the country to allow children considered indigo, crystal or star to learn without having to sit in a classroom and learn by listening to a lecture. One problem they have, Blackburn Losey said, is picking up any energy or emotion from the teacher and students — anyone around them — and getting easily overwhelmed. Even the magnetism of bright classroom lights can disrupt their learning. Many parents who believe their kids are indigo opt for home schooling.
Now 25, Leia Stone of Scottsdale said she expects people will laugh at the entire concept of peace on Earth. But indigos are born feeling like they have a purpose, she said. In fact, some say they feel like royalty in some ways, as if they are born to change the world. But the key is they’re free spirits.
“My bones have literally been hurting ever since the earthquake in China,” she said. “I can feel the world’s pain but also the outpouring of compassion.”
In her quest to inspire change, Stone has begun Indigo House Publishing, which she said is meant for young adults to write for other youngsters. She recently self-published a first edition of her own book, “Mica Moon.” The book has been approved for classes at Fremont Junior High School in Mesa and features a child who can see auras at a time in the future when people live in domes due to the greenhouse effect. She said people are drawn to her, allowing her to guide them and help them find their spiritual help and support.
Her close friend, Alexis Canizales, is a crystal child, and, as such, works with autistic children to help share their message and help them learn to communicate. Canizales said she’s honed her skills to the point where she can do readings for people to help them find peace and even help heal illness. She suffered from the loss of 10 close friends as a teenager, but has grown strong from the tragedies and has learned to hone psychic skills that allow her to see angels, she said, and share messages with people to help them find their paths.
“Crystal children are all about peace,” she said. “They love everyone.”
The term indigo originated from New Age experts saying children were being born with an aura that had an indigo tone, though that is among many points disputed by experts. Crystal children are thought to have crystal or clear auras and are considered the next evolution, and are harmony-builders meant to continue the work started by indigos. It is said star children tend to be geniuses in sciences. They’re each supposed to play a key role in transforming the world.
How these children would bring transformation is also debated. Some point to a variety of mythology and religions, and they talk of a major shift coming around the year 2012. Some believe a tragedy like war or a natural disaster will force a major shift and leave the indigos, crystals and star children to pick up the pieces. Most others just think that humans are evolving in a new way to protect the race and prevent such a tragedy from happening.
Kale Mayberry, 23, of Phoenix, says it can be rough growing up as an indigo, feeling so much but not knowing why, or not knowing why many of those understandings are not confirmed. Many indigos can resort to drug abuse to help numb themselves from feeling so much, he said, something he experienced himself. He said if indigos are here to do anything, it’s to teach people not to follow, but to think for oneself.
“I can’t read people’s minds,” he said. “I just feel if something’s not right.”
Lori Keeley of Chandler said she realized she was indigo after giving birth to her now-teenage daughter, who is also indigo. Their nature is to want to help, to save animals, the planet and their neighbors, she said. She said more people will be born with a deeper intuition and ability to see the “truth,” which can prevent dictators from ruling those afraid to question authority.
“It’s a good thing, you’ll see a lot of good changes,” she said. But, it can still be hard to explain. Her daughter doesn’t embrace being indigo in the same way. Instead, she is a teen who doesn’t want to be considered “different,” Keeley said.
And many naysayers are out there. They argue there is little difference between the kids and young adults being labeled as having these special abilities today compared to those born in the past.
James Vitale of Mesa teaches people how to remote view, or attain information psychically. He says everyone has the ability to use the same gifts, and children are naturally more prone to catch on to using their psychic skills before they become conditioned.
It’s key to raise kids so they can remain in tune with and educate their spiritual as well as intellectual selves, he said.
“A lot of people want to say these kids are special,” he said. “What they don’t realize is all kids are special. All kids have these abilities.”
Jerry Mintz, director of the New York-based Alternative Education Resource Organization, said he doesn’t buy the theory of indigo, crystal or star kids, either. Many kids are just held back by educational standards that don’t allow kids to pursue their natural love for learning and connection with the world, but instead force a focus on being tested, he said. His organization promotes alternative schools that allow kids to develop and thrive at their own pace and learn holistically.
“Probably all kids have psychic tendencies,” he said. “People have discovered these kids have these great abilities. What they may not realize is lots of kids have the same abilities.”