Io personalmente sono molto critico nei confronti di questo argomento.
Mancano prove scientifiche e sinceramente sembra che questo argomento sia piu che altro correlato con il lucro di alcuni profeti new age.
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Consiglio anche di leggersi questi link, per capire come il fenomeno dei bambini violetti sia in realtà un perfetto esempio sociale di cio che avviene oggi nei contesti cosiddetti “new age”, dei meccanismi di credenza non controllati e accettati come se fossero veri e certi di fronte a tutti.
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Indigo children is a label given to children whose parents believe they possess special, unusual and/or supernatural traits or abilities. The idea is based on New Age concepts developed in the 1970s by Nancy Ann Tappe. The concept of indigo children gained popular interest with the publication of a series of books in the late 1990s and the release of several films in the following decade. A variety of books, conferences and related materials have been created surrounding belief in the idea of indigo children and their nature and abilities. These beliefs range from their being the next stage in human evolution or possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy to the belief that they are simply more empathetic and creative than their peers.
Although there are no scientific studies to give credibility to the existence of any indigo children, or their traits, the phenomenon appeals to parents whose children have been diagnosed with learning disabilities and parents seeking to believe that their children are special. This is viewed by skeptics as a way for parents to avoid proper pediatric pharmaceutical treatment or a psychiatric diagnosis which implies imperfection. The list of traits used to describe the children has also been criticized for being vague enough to be applied to almost anyone, a form of the Forer effect. The phenomenon has been criticized as a means of making money from credulous parents through the sales of related products and services.
The term "indigo children" originates with parapsychologist and self-described synesthete and psychic, Nancy Ann Tappe who developed the concept in the 1970's. Tappe published the book Understanding Your Life Through Color in 1982 describing the concept, stating that during the mid 1960s she began noticing that many children were being born with "indigo" auras (in other publications Tappe has said the color indigo came from the "life colors" of the children which she acquired through her synesthesia). The idea was later popularized by the 1998 book The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, written by husband and wife self-help lecturers Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. The promotion of the concept by Tober and Carroll brought greater publicity to the topic, soon their book became the primary source on "indigo children". They describe the goal of indigo children to be a remaking of the world into one lacking war, trash and processed food.
In 2002, an international conference on indigo children was held in Hawaii, drawing 600 attendees, with subsequent conferences the following years in Florida and Oregon. The concept was popularized and spread further by a feature film and documentary released in 2005, both directed by James Twyman, a New Age writer.
Descriptions of indigo children include the belief that they are empathetic, curious, strong-willed, independent, and often perceived by friends or family as being weird; possess a clear sense of self-definition and purpose; and also exhibit a strong inclination towards spiritual matters from early childhood. Indigo children have also been described as having a strong feeling of entitlement, or "deserving to be here." Other alleged traits include a high intelligence quotient, an inherent intuitive ability, and resistance to authority. According to Tober and Carroll, indigo children function poorly in conventional schools due to their rejection of authority, being smarter than their teachers and a lack of response to guilt-, fear- or manipulation-based discipline.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
Many children labelled indigo by their parents are diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tober and Carroll's book The Indigo Children linked the concept with diagnosis of ADHD. Their book makes the case that the children are a new stage of evolution rather than children with a medical diagnosis, and that they require special treatment rather than medications. Robert Todd Carroll points out that labeling a child an indigo is an alternative to a diagnosis that implies imperfection, damage or mental illness, which may appeal to many parents, a belief echoed by many academic psychologists. He also points out that many of the commentators on the indigo phenomenon are of varying qualifications and expertise. Linking the concept of indigo children with the distaste for the use of Ritalin to control ADHD, Carroll states "The hype and near-hysteria surrounding the use of Ritalin has contributed to an atmosphere that makes it possible for a book like Indigo Children to be taken seriously. Given the choice, who wouldn't rather believe their children are special and chosen for some high mission rather than that they have a brain disorder?"
Stephen Hinshaw, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, states that concerns regarding the overmedicalization of children are legitimate but even gifted children with ADHD learn better with more structure rather than less, even if the structure initially causes difficulties. Many labeled as indigo children are or have been home schooled.
According to research psychologist Russell Barkley, the New Age movement has yet to produce empirical evidence of the existence of indigo children and the 17 traits most commonly attributed to them were akin to the Forer effect; i.e. so vague they could describe nearly anyone. Many critics see the concept of indigo children as made up of extremely general traits, a sham diagnosis that is an alternative to a medical diagnosis, with a complete lack of science or studies to support it. The lack of science is acknowledged by some believers, including Doreen Virtue, author of The Care and Feeding of Indigos, and James Twyman, who produced two films on Indigo Children and offers materials and courses related to the phenomenon. Virtue has been criticized for claiming to have a Ph.D, though this was awarded by California Coast University, a then-unaccredited institution sometimes accused of being a diploma mill.
Mental health experts are concerned that labeling a disruptive child an "Indigo" may delay proper diagnosis and treatment that may help the child. Others have stated that many of the traits of indigo children could be more prosaically interpreted as simple arrogance and selfish individualism, and view the concept as hypocritical since many parents with certain New Age beliefs do not view these traits to be progressive.
In a Dallas Observer article discussing indigo children, a reporter recorded the following interaction between a man who worked with Indigo children, and a purported Indigo child:
“ "Are you an indigo?" he asked Dusk. The boy looked at him shyly and nodded. "I'm an avatar," Dusk said. "I can recognize the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire. The next avatar won't come for 100 years." The man seemed impressed.
Readers of the Dallas Observer later wrote in to inform the newspaper that the child's response appeared to be taken from the storyline of Avatar: The Last Airbender; a children's cartoon showing on Nickelodeon at the time of the interview. The editor of the Dallas Observer later admitted they were not aware of the possible connection until readers brought it to their attention.
Nick Colangelo, a University of Iowa professor specializing in the education of gifted children, stated that the first indigo book should not have been published, and that "...[t]he Indigo Children movement is not about children, and it is not about the color indigo. It is about adults who style themselves as experts and who are making money on books, presentations and videos."
According to Lorie Anderson's article at Skepticreport.com, belief in indigo children has significant commercial value due to sales of book, video, and one-on-one counseling session for children, as well as in donations and speaking engagements. There are now a wide variety of books, films, summer camps and conferences that are aimed at parents who believe their children are indigos. The two films produced on the subject were both by James Twyman, who sells a variety of indigo-themed courses, clothing, books, CDs and movies.
In popular culture
• The film Indigo is about the relationship between a man and his indigo grandchild
• The video game Fahrenheit (also known as "Indigo Prophecy" in some regions) features an indigo child as a prominent story element
• CSI: Las Vegas episode "The Unusual Suspect" has a 12-year old as a suspect, whose parents describe her as an indigo child.
• Maynard James Keenan released a song titled "Indigo Children" in his solo album "V" is for Vagina
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E infine, articolo a mio parere molto interessante,
Many are excited about the upcoming New Age movie, “Indigo,” written, produced, and directed by three renowned individuals who now live in Ashland – James Twyman, Neale Donald Walsch, and Stephen Simon. Appealing are the career opportunities, the camaraderie of movie-making, the promoting of spirituality and messages of peace and love. Promoters say it will stimulate the local economy and help our schools. But after examining the Indigo Child movement, and specifically the activities of co-writer/producer James Twyman, I see potential consequences for the community — and for children.
The Indigo Child concept was first popularized by the book, “The Indigo Children,” edited by the former husband and wife team Lee Carroll and Jan Tober. Carroll also portrays himself as a channeler for “Kryon,” a spiritual entity who predicted the coming of the Indigo Children – will wonders never cease?
The authors say that “the Indigo Child is a boy or girl who displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes, revealing a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before.” For example, they act like royalty, have difficulty with absolute authority unless given choices or explanations, are easily frustrated, e.g. when waiting in line, are not shy, have difficulty with guilt-based discipline, are non-conformist, may seem antisocial and prefer to be with their own kind, and may have social difficulties in school. I, for one, see nothing new, unusual, or unheard-of here.
The Indigo Child concept may appeal especially to parents of children with mental health challenges, e.g. ADD, ADHD, autism, bi-polar disorder, conduct disorder, or a difficult temperament. Proponents target these label- and medication-wary parents. So, what is the harm in giving parents a positive spin on their children for a change — like Indigo?
Besides parents possibly foregoing beneficial, if not life-saving, treatment for children with mental or neurological disorders, some proponents of the Indigo movement, including James Twyman, infuse children with a false sense of human superiority and a bizarre paranormal identity. Mutilating science while claiming scientific proof, children are led to believe by trusted adults that they were born members of a new breed of the human race, the next step in human evolution, that their genes were somehow altered — perhaps as a result of divine or extraterrestrial intervention, or spontaneous genetic mutation accomplished by non other than the children themselves. Some children come to believe they are endowed with extraordinary powers such as clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, healing powers, pre-birth and previous life recall, etc. Tober and Carroll tell us that Indigo Children don’t fit in and feel uncomfortable when not with other Indigos. Small wonder!
Similar to the Indigo Child model, you may hear about The New Children, The Masters, Ascending Children, Star Children, Crystal Children, Metagifted Children, Millennium Children (or their evil counterparts, the “End-Times Children”), Children of the New Dream, Children of Aids (genetically altered child beings who are immune to all disease), and Super Psychic Children. James Twyman seems to prefer the terms Children of Oz or Psychic Children.
Not just about peace and love
Twyman, and other Indigo Child proponents, may try to shift our focus to the children’s message and mission of peace and love, but Twyman, for one, readily capitalizes on his own and children’s purported paranormal abilities.
Twyman sells books and Internet course based on the Psychic Children. He holds pricey Psychic Children conferences, camps, and fairs, charging about $300 for adults for the main conference. He offers an Internet course on telekinetic spoon-bending. He purportedly conversed with Jesus (”Jeshua”) who revealed to Twyman through a “Divine Partnership” the “secrets of Heaven and Earth,” which Twyman turned into an Internet course for required donations — with a suggested retail value of $150.
He purports to have frequently “conversed” telepathically from abroad with a Psychic Child he calls Thomas from Bulgaria, and other Psychic Children – providing more content for books and Internet courses. A “secret society of spiritual masters called emissaries of light” purportedly revealed themselves in the flesh to Twyman in Bosnia (before they disappeared) and conversed telepathically with him, from Bosnia, to show others the way — more content for courses and books.
Twyman often presents his own mental voices/thoughts and imaginings (hallucinations?) as real events, as real as your reading these words. He often does not distinguish in his communications between his purported mystical interactions and actual, in-the-flesh interactions. When confronted with suspected and admitted misrepresentations, he conveys that he would rather we focus on the truth of his messages than the truth of his experiences – and this seems to satisfy many people, but for others honesty is a prerequisite for credibility.
In response to a question posed by a New Age organization (see NHNE link, below), for an investigative report on Twyman in 1999, Twyman wrote reassuringly: “…as I have been telling those who inquire, Emissary of Light is not an organization, and I am not a guru. I am not asking for donations, and I do not seek either fame or adoration. This is not about me. It is about peace.”
Well, certainly Twyman has asked for and collected a wealth of donations (often required and collected using guilt-pressure) and fees. He created a “registered church organization” called The Beloved Community. He purchased 42 acres of property in the local area for Psychic Children retreats, to start a Emissary of Light type of monastery, and to house workshops for his new “Seminary of Spiritual Peacemaking.” He recently announced a five-year goal of 50 churches worldwide. After graduating from the seminary, Twyman suggests graduates can work with the Indigo and Psychic Children.
I believe adults are responsible for deciding what to believe, but as paranormal claims are key to Twyman’s growing popularity, and income, and as he targets minors around the world, I think we owe it to the Children of Oz to pull the curtain on the wizard by scrutinizing his claims.
Misleading reports of scientific proof
Twyman reports scientific proof of several spurious claims, including that children develop ESP at his fairs after Brain Respiration (BR) training. BR was created by ILChi Lee, AKA Seung Heun Lee, founder of Dahn Centers and many other organizations. (Lee and Walsch are also affiliated). Twyman and Lee have reported that the University of California at Irvine, specifically the Center for Aging and Dementia, has researched and “confirmed” the effects of BR. However, this department at UCI tells me they have not conducted any studies on Lee’s BR program, per se — let alone confirmed its paranormal claims.
Oily-skinned psychic children
At Twyman’s psychic fairs for children, kids are persuaded to believe that sticking a lightweight spoon to their forehead is a result of psychokinetic power. The fact is that everyone can stick a lightweight spoon to their forehead if they first rub the spoon on their skin, especially the forehead and chin, coating the spoon with slightly sticky sebum.
At Twyman’s psychic children’s fairs, parents paid for their kids’ ESP powers to be tested (charging subjects is unheard-of in scientific research) before and after participation in ILChi Lee’s BR training. The children were asked to identify certain shapes, colors, or simple words while blindfolded. Lee shows a video at his website of blindfolded children reading books held close to the face. But, the blindfolds were provided and the tests conducted by the program’s staff. Naturally, Twyman and Lee report amazing results.
Magicians and paranormal investigators have continually exposed “x-ray vision” as flimflammery, e.g. perhaps the blindfolded person can see through a space between the blindfold and the nose, a pinhole in the blindfold, cloth that appears opaque but is translucent when held close to the face, or verbal cues are provided by testers or shills. Sometimes it’s a matter of working with probabilities. For example, when asked to pick a number between one and ten, most people pick seven.
Using handicapped children
Twyman presents severely handicapped children and young adults at his psychic children’s fairs – e.g. a young woman called “Grandma Chandra,” who is known for her psychic readings using an alphabet board or mental telepathy (even over the phone for a mere $100) and a six year old boy named Nicholas, who has purportedly written a book full of spiritual adult-level insights (since age three) with an alphabet board. Twyman also offers telepathically received messages from a severely handicapped boy from Japan named Koya.
Telepathic powers can easily be imagined, or fabricated, especially when the purported sender is not able or available to object. Claims of telepathic powers are not hard to test and have been discredited many times. Mental telepathy is implausible, and as such, the burden of proof (or at least of solid, credible evidence) lies with the claimant. Without compelling evidence via unbiased, carefully controlled, and replicated tests, deception or delusion is fairly assumed
Facilitated Communication, whereby someone physically assists a handicapped person in using a communication device, has so often been shown to convey the thoughts of the facilitator (often unintentionally by hopeful parents) that this method simply cannot be trusted.
Imagine how frustrating, if not cruel, to have someone else claim that his/her own thoughts are yours while you remain helpless to protest. Telepathic and facilitated communication engenders high risk of subjugating a helpless person’s true thoughts, feelings, needs, and wishes — and high risk of defrauding a trusting audience.
Through ILChi Lee’s Brain Respiration training and Twyman’s own Internet course, Twyman teaches psychokinetic spoon-bending. Twyman says that if you can bend a spoon mentally, you can bend the world toward peace mentally, the logic of which eludes me.
There are possibly dozens, or more, ways to perform spoon-bending, e.g. an invisible cut or weak spot in the spoon, special prop utensils sold to magicians, chemical metal-softeners, slowly revealing a hidden bent spoon, sleight-of-hand, distraction – with new methods devised as old ones are suspected or exposed. Even the elusive mentalist Uri Geller, much admired by Twyman, was rendered inept on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show in the early 70’s when the station exercised some controls against cheating, like using the station’s props rather than those from Geller’s own bag of tricks. (Watch a video clip of the show. )
Spoonbending ala Twyman’s Internet course involves sheer power of suggestion — choose a thin metal spoon to begin with, bend it manually again and again (weakening the metal), and shake it to, as Twyman says, “use the force of gravity.” Psychological yes; kinetic yes, but obviously not psycho-kinetic. In week-four, readers are instructed in the same cadence to take out a $10 or $20 bill, hold it tightly, feel how it will help children connect with each other, fold the bill in a piece of paper, put it into an envelope, and send it to Twyman’s organization to pay for his Psychic Children gatherings.
On his website, Twyman provides a fork-bending demonstration on video where he bends a fork without his even touching it, just by coaxing it a little bit with his finger – amazing! Amazingly deceptive, that is. Hank Lee’s Magic Factory sells online a melting fork for a costly $695. Keep those peace and love donations rolling in, folks.
Put your mouth where the money is – $2.5 million!
The James Randi Educational Foundation offers over a million dollars to “anyone who can show, under proper observing conditions, evidence of any paranormal, supernatural, or occult power or event.” Similar organizations offer additional large sums of money, totaling about 2.5 million. I implore Twyman, ILChi Lee, and their cohorts, or just one of the purported millions of psychic adults and children to come forward and take the scientific challenges. You owe it to children around the world, as it is the children who ultimately will pay the price if they are being deceived or used to deceive others.
If Twyman can really bend spoons with his mind, which he reports he couldn’t even stop doing after he met his first Psychic Child, he can certainly pass relatively easier scientific challenges. Twyman can use the money to further his stated goals of world peace and love, to save the dolphins. Winning would create a shock-wave throughout the scientific community – as none of the few who have ventured to apply has ever proceeded beyond the preliminary test.
As the New Age movement grows from marginal to mainstream, we need programs for New Age consumer protection. We must caution educators and parents about, and object to, programs with paranormal underpinnings, like the Indigo Child and Brain Respiration, which are fervently marketed to private and public schools. We need age-appropriate critical-thinking skills programs in education, starting in the early grades. We must educate ourselves and our children on the scientific method of inquiry, how to evaluate studies and spot pseudo-science and pseudo-scientists. We must help our children to develop radar to detect and avoid deceptive New Age profiteers – no matter how noble their stated cause.
Meanwhile, I take one statement of Twyman’s as a certainty, his quote to the Medford Mail Tribune: “…anyone that would want to make me their leader is a sick person.”