Alternative thinking is that this is a generation that includes Indigo children, forerunners to the new age;their refusal to accept authority at face value is not rebelliousness for its own sake but simply their direct questioning and forthright self expression, which makes authority figures uncomfortable. Often gifted with a high IQ, Indigos are born with a mission that in many cases is not being accomplished.
'Indigos have come into this world with difficult challenges to overcome,' says Wendy Chapman, of Metagifted, who runs workshops for parents and teachers of Indigo children. 'Their nonconformity to systems and to discipline makes it difficult for them to get through their childhood and perhaps even their adult years , but it will also help them accomplish big goals such as changing the educational system. Being an Indigo won't be easy for them, but it foretells a mission. The Indigo children have come to raise the vibration of our planet.'
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Lee Carroll and Jan Tobler collated various professional opinions and observations about this generation in their groundbreaking book The Indigo Children. The experts' essays invite you to reconsider assumptions about ADD children. They often have high IQ scores but achieve low grades. Bored, they see school subjects as irrelevant and the way they are taught is hopelessly restrictive for their bright, questioning minds. After passing through the system without any recognition for their bright spark, many become disillusioned, as is the case for many of the older Indigos who are now in their teens or 20s. The well-known Lightworker and angel channel, Doreen Virtue, is also a clinical psychologist, and author of The Care and Feeding of Indigo Children. She says Indigos learn kinaesthetically-they are not fidgeting, moving helps them absorb information.
Once labelled as hyperactive or ADD, many children are medicated with drugs such as Ritalin to control their behaviour, raising concerns about the long-term effects on their psychological and neurological development. In her contribution to The Indigo Children, Doreen Virtue points out that the US military restricts recruitment of teenagers who have been prescribed Ritalin.
Mary English also has concerns that the drug may lead to addiction. She works at a homeless project for young people facing emotional problems and drug addiction.She believes these are symptoms of what happens if an Indigo's strong sense of mission is supressed or their potential is left unrecognised. 'I am meeting a lot of Indigos (especially the older ones) who are suffering from depression and loss of worth and getting into bad spaces. Indigos have such a strong spiritual purpose, I feel it is my duty to get them the help they need.'

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Many of the children Mary English treats are brought by their parents because of behavioural problems. As she is also an astrologer, she often looks at their birthchart to give some insight into any traits that might explain the underlying problem. 'I noticed that Indigos have birth charts that are rather unique,' she says. Whatever their star sign, all the action was in a narrow area of the chart, with personal planets (Venus, Mars, Mercury, Sun and Moon) in the same few signs as Jupiter, and the outer planets (Saturn, Pluto, Neptune and Uranus). As the orbits of these outer planets take decades, their influence is generational. As Mary says : 'These people have a unique understanding of the issues facing their generation.'
Mary English is not the only astrologer to remark on the astrological implications of the Indigo generation. US astrologer and psychotherapist Donna Cunningham noticed a pattern in their charts-a Neptune and Uranus conjunction, which happens only every 150 years.'I had been wondering about the exceptional planetary pictures in charts of today's youngsters. A fascinating new astrological generation was born during the past decade, while Uranus and Neptune were conjunct-first in Capricorn, then in Aquarius. The strength and difficulty of the planet Uranus in some of their charts made me speculate that, though staggering numbers are being diagnosed as ADD, they might simply be wired differently. They may have nervous systems suited for the speed of the extreme high-tech era that will unfold as they grow up. The Indigo Children (by Lee Carroll and Jan Tobler) confirmed my theories. Like many who have strong Uranus in their charts, these children do not respond to authority or to attempts to control them. They react better to respectful and intelligent discussion, to having choices, and to being treated as the adults they are inside. Much of what goes on in school does not interest them, and they are prone to following their own purposeful agendas. Parents and teachers with more traditional mindsets are frustrated by these children , who are often put on medication.'

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