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How Do I Know If I’m Really Indigo?

My most popular article on this site by far is How To Tell If You Are Indigo. Some people read that, though, and maybe some other articles on the topic, and are still not sure if they are indigo or not.

This is going to be a troubleshooting article. I’m going to try and explain some of the major reasons people feel unsure about whether they are indigo and tackle them.

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Thinking It’s All About The Psychic

A misconception is that all indigos are psychic. A lot of them are, and I’d go so far as to say they all have the potential to be if they trained for it. But not all of them manifest direct signs of being psychic.

Sometimes indigos are unsure whether they’re indigo because of this. They don’t feel very psychic and wonder if that disqualifies them. I say to them: being psychic is probably the least important part of what makes you an indigo. What makes you an indigo is your character, energy and spirit, not your flashy psychic superpowers.

Sometimes people think they are indigo because they are psychic. That’s even less likely to be true. I think there are a lot more gifted psychics out there than there are indigos. If you are psychic, consider your character, energy and spirit before getting too excited about the indigo label.

By the way, a lot of indigos who don’t consider themselves psychic DO have a strong gut feeling or ability to “read” people. They might say, “Oh, but that’s nothing special, that’s just…” …But actually, psychic abilities, especially when they haven’t been much awakened yet, are often like that. They just feel somehow normal, like parts of your subconscious or of your natural perceptive faculties. And, indeed, that’s kind of what they are.


Thinking That You Have To Have All The Traits

You don’t have to have all the traits to be indigo. I’d say 80% is a good number to be looking for.

You also want to feel a sense of resonance most of all. Like you’re not trying to kind of make yourself fit into the description – anyone can kind of just about fit in most of the description points – but like it’s a dead on, “Yeah, that’s me,” or otherwise, “Hey, that kind of seems to make sense somehow.”

Pay attention to your feelings – they are the strongest guide. If you feel nothing much except curiosity or maybe egoic craving while reading the words, I’m thinking you probably aren’t indigo. If you feel excited or perturbed or touched or dumbstruck or  pretty much anything else, it’s likely that something’s hitting the spot.

Thinking That It’s About Being Born In X Year

It isn’t about being born in X year. The year you were born doesn’t matter. I believe people had the indigo personality hundreds of years ago.

Some books would contradict this. I’d just say that the sort of indigo they are talking about is different from the sort of indigo I am talking about. It’s a bit confusing, but never mind.

…So What If I Wasn’t A Rebel At School?

Rebelliousness is one of the traits which most often give an indigo away. I can tell within a few minutes if someone is indigo if they have this intensity that says, “I’m not going to do such and such just because society/someone tells me to.”

Indigo rebelliousness is different from other sorts of rebelliousness because it’s based out of an instinctual disagreement with the concept of imposed authority and hierarchy in itself. It needs explanations for orders before they follow them, and for systems before they support them.

So this is very distinctive and can give an indigo away. I think if someone is a rebel for these reasons they don’t need to question much more about being indigo.

But what about the indigos who are a bit more low-key? I think there are those who will more or less pass under the radar in school and sometimes work. Or sometimes (very rarely) they are in such positive environments from the outset that they just don’t feel the need to rebel.

With the former, I think you can tell they are indigo when they match all/most of the other traits apart from rebelliousness. You might also notice a more subtle rebellion, such as supporting more active troublemakers or occasionally breaking the rules – when they know they won’t get caught – with absolutely no sense of remorse. Or they might just be so sure of themselves and what they believe that they simply don’t feel the need to prove it through indignant action. If you ask them, they would say, “Yes, I know all of this is BS, I’m just going through the motions.”

The latter, who are in positive environments, will still, I’m sure, display rebelliousness or indignation if someone tries to impose hierarchy on them. Perhaps they don’t know that part of themselves because they haven’t had to experience it yet. A lot of indigos have unrealistic expectations that the world is/should be as nice as them.


What If I Have A Problem With Labels?

Lots of indigos have a problem with labels and might not want to call themselves indigo because of that. Perhaps disliking the idea of seeming “better” than others, they feel uncomfortable with the concept of being indigo, and sometimes this can manifest as confusion or picking unnecessarily at elements of the definition.

Being indigo, of course, does not mean being “better” than anyone. Indigos may be gifted, but they are still just as valuable and beautiful as all beings.

Read this article for more, anyway, if you have a trouble with the indigo label: Indigos Who Don’t Want To Be Labelled Indigo

The Most Important Traits

I think the most important traits are:

– Feeling some sense that you are not “from here” (this can manifest in various ways; see the appropriate section in How To Tell If You Are Indigo).

– Strong need to do or be something meaningful; having a sense of purpose, or mission, or at least of trying to be a positive part of the world around yourself.

– Generally feeling lonely or misunderstood amongst “normal” people.

I’m wondering if the indigo energy should go in here, but I think it’s too easily misunderstood. A lot of indigos are sluggish because they have basically used their own energy against itself. But when they stick the batteries the right way around so to speak, the current stops blocking itself and starts flowing, and they can have a lot of intensity with their emotions and their actions.

As I said, that one isn’t always so easy to notice. Though I think most indigos would show some sign of it if you knew where to look.

Anyway, I think if you have the traits in the three bullet points above, and are generally in line with the rest of the traits, it’s pretty sure that you are an indigo. Conversely if you don’t have these key traits, I would say it’s very unlikely you are an indigo.

Knowing By Results

I think checking the results of a belief is a very underrated way of working out whether to believe something or not. As far as being indigo is concerned, I think if thinking of yourself as one helps you, then it’s probably true that you are one. And if it isn’t true then, does it even matter?

Knowing you’re indigo can help by giving you a sense of greater self understanding and self acceptance, by helping you find others like you, and by helping you come to terms with your own tendencies, potential and abilities.

Why not just take on the indigo identification tentatively and give it a trial run? If it feels good for you in the long run and helps, use it, and if it doesn’t, drop it.

Get An Indigo To Help You

If you find yourself thinking “I would LIKE to think I’m indigo, but I don’t know if I’m just fooling myself,” ask an indigo to help you.

Of course you will have to find a real indigo, which could be as hard as identifying yourself as one. But at least half of the people who go around calling themselves indigo on the internet are real indigos. So if you talk to several and get different viewpoints, you should get a good chance of a solid perspective. You can start by asking me 😉

Ultimately the most reliable indicator of being indigo is this sense of resonance which the concept should make inside of you. This is, of course, very subjective, which is where an outside perspective could help. Talk to someone who will get you, and see if saying the words aloud reveal you to be telling the truth of yourself, or if you’re lying, just trying to build yourself up.


Labels

Ultimately I think when people call themselves indigo in error, it’s almost always because of ego. They WANT to feel special, to have an extra label, to feel better, different. Many real indigos, on the other hand, are rather uncomfortable with feeling special or different.

So if the concept of indigo has been calling you for a while, and you don’t seem to be putting this on just as another label, another way to be special, I guess it’s quite likely you are indigo for real.

On the other hand, if you’ve taken on the label but it’s just useless, a bit of extra junk in your personality that doesn’t change anything about who you are, then maybe you’ve made a mistake.

“Knowing by results” and asking an indigo for an outside perspective can help you work out whether you’re fooling yourself or not.

Over To You

Did this help or are you still unsure? Throw your questions at me and I’ll add them to the page. If you want, get a counselling session with me and we can talk them over on Skype.

 

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Related

How To Tell If You Are Indigo

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Indigos Who Don’t Want To Be Labelled Indigo

Indigo Children Resources

Truth Finding Methods

 

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  • Vania Toledo March 29, 2016, 3:58 pm

    Hello I have been told I am an indigo. I am writeing a book on my angel of sorts teachings. I cant find anyone to message me about the matter. I guess the blogs are to old? I heard one reporter say he doesn’t know where it is in peoples interest anymore. Basicly meaning if its not a hot topic he wasnt interested in helping. I wrote this book years ago but have a death in the family that devistated us and a brutal divorce it got put towards the back burner. I now want to finish it. I am being told its great but change it. I cant as much as I tri to put it in mediphores so not to be picked on by the religious communitys I have decided to bravely say it how is was taught . But I need advice on how to go about this. Do I work with another writer. One who is more educated in the matter or bravely self publish my work.

  • Viplove Vyas May 5, 2016, 3:05 am

    Hello Sophia, I have been going through almost every article of yours to be sure, if what i’m feeling is right. I am surprised to see a picture of me being painted through your words, as if you were describing me. I am so very calmed down to know there are many more like me out there, and it is very reassuring. From my childhood I have always considered the Sun as my father and the earth as my mother and had an awareness that I was sent here to save mother earth. Also there was always a very young female spirit with me always whom i liked to call ‘Rose’. I used to think she was my imagination but once i heard her whisper my name in my ear. It was so real, but once i began to grow more and began to get negatively affected with this very solid and immobile world, then slowly i believe i began to lose touch with her. Even now i feel her presence sometimes, as if i am being observed, but there is no contact yet,. I wanted to know from you sophia, is this really real or my imagination or i am getting mad. Cause i am in no way a normal child right from school. My school principal sent to psychologists to counsel me and get to know me more. They always presented reports of exceptionally above average IQ’s and hence i was not medicated but was always closely monitored by my teachers. Another thing is that I am extremely sensitive to the any environmental or surroundings change and take a lot of time to adapt. In fact i cannot stand being separated from my parents or home, cause I am extremely emotional and very spiritual. My psychologist in school had diagnosed me with the highest possible emotional level of human beings and in fact mentioned this as a negative trait. I want to know whether this is really bad. I am extremely easily affected by any sadness or pain around of others and i feel it like my own to the extent that i might begin to cry with the sadness or pain. Is this normal.
    Dear Sophia , i would be extremely grateful if i recieve some acknowledgement from you as a mail or a reply and i will be more happy than and normal person can just imagine. My mail id : viplovevyas@yahoo.in
    Also if any other indigos wish to talk i would be more than happy to be friends and brothers in arms.

  • Emily July 6, 2016, 6:42 pm

    Im pretty sure I am indigo, I fit into most of the traits, I just recently realized it, and it’s just kind of hard to believe, like it seems almost unrealistic that out of all the people in the world, I am an indigo but I just figured that that’s just part of processing the whole thing.

    The one thing I was kind of confused about was the feeling like an alien… As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to travel. I wanted to get out of my home town and go somewhere different and discover new places… I feel “stuck” staying in one place and there are times when I feel an actual need to go travel… almost like homesickness? Does this sound at all like what you were describing in the “feeling like you’re not from here” bullet point?

  • manon July 13, 2016, 4:58 pm

    never was sure I was an indigo cause born in the 60’s (school) I never seemed to fit in, didn’t mind went cause I had to go. I was a loner more or less had a couple of friends. found school dol nothing creative or to simulate the creativity of the mind. was grateful for my dog and my horse had lots of fun with them animals are true they understand you more then humains can. have a great ability to understand people and their emotions, they don’t seem to understand me. When in social gatherings have trouble with the energy of everyone at once. Don’t like being told what to do and how to do it cause people don’t really know me so I tell myself who are they to tell me what and how. Have the ability to predict and to feel things. so yes I’m sure I am an indigo or a person with a gift. Thank you

  • Ess August 4, 2016, 2:07 am

    Hi,
    When I was younger, I was at a festival with my mom, and a woman who was working at a booth focused on auras, chakras, etc. caught sight of me and immediately came over and told us that I was an indigo child. After that, I looked into it more and felt that I fit a lot of the common signs of one, then let it be. Recently I was reminded of indigo children again and wanted to reassess if I thought I was one, or if it was just the wishful thinking of a child. I still feel like I fit nearly all of the markers, probably more than I did when I was younger, but I still dont know if it is just wishful thinking, me wanting to be a “special snowflake”. Is there a way you’d be able to help me tell if I really am or not?
    If so, thanks, and if not, thank you for your time anyway. :)
    Ess

  • Katrina September 22, 2016, 1:51 am

    I just need an explanation for why all is the way im viewing it to be..maybe thats the anwer. I feel like i need a mentor something like a monk. I dont know what to do next. Its so much i cant explain and it makes me feel sick in my stomach. I feel like for my being, from a child being the only abused of 3..pushed away feeling strongly disconnected from humanity no one seemed to have sympathy for me but im always the strong back for a ride. I grew up in many different foster homes, never good enough “crazy” “bypolar”, words i still cant escape. Ik i understand me ik my beliefs are real but since a child i have been rejected and labled..i spent alot of my childhood in dys (a child prison)..im an Aquarius feb 12 so i figure its just my nature to object to certain mind controlling systems..i feel like i dont trust anyone and that keeps me alone..i feel like negatives in life are puzzles to figure out and that keeps me surrounded by the wrong people and i cant escape the constant abuse of my whole spirit..im feeling drained.. i need to know if this is why i feel like i cannot connect spiritually (not religion) or mentally

  • Lexi January 7, 2017, 10:50 pm

    This article is very interesting. I have had some accurences in my recent life that started to draw me near to this subject. At first I thought maybe I was a crystal child, but now I feel I am an indigo. I feel weird, can this be true? It feels alleviating, explains alot about my life. As much as I have tried, I never quite fit in with everyone. And I have a huge gift but people have told me Im weird, hateful, full of **t, because I can assess a person and what will happen in a situation. People do not like that at all. I never understood why, because I felt I was just sharing my thoughts as a story. But, my predictions ALWAYS are right. I can not predict the future, I am not clairvoyant, so I have never entertained this thought at all, because what if I am not “special”. I have deja vu on a regular basis. It used to scare me and terrify me like I was crazy. But now, I am not afraid. I have no idea what it means. Ive been researching, but I am careful who I tell, because I dont want to be labeled as crazy, as I have been in the past:( I am very creative, artful, pray alot to God to protect me, and I love animals and I have always wanted to save them. Any posituve thoughts would be great to hear. And if you feel I am not apart of this then that would be great to know as well. Thank you.

  • Lexi January 7, 2017, 10:52 pm

    This article is very interesting. I have had some accurences in my recent life that started to draw me near to this subject. At first I thought maybe I was a crystal child, but now I feel I am an indigo. I feel weird, can this be true? It feels alleviating, explains alot about my life. As much as I have tried, I never quite fit in with everyone. And I have a huge gift but people have told me Im weird, hateful, full of **t, because I can assess a person and what will happen in a situation. People do not like that at all. I never understood why, because I felt I was just sharing my thoughts as a story. But, my predictions ALWAYS are right. I can not predict the future, I am not clairvoyant, so I have never entertained this thought at all, because what if I am not “special”. I have deja vu on a regular basis. It used to scare me and terrify me like I was crazy. But now, I am not afraid. I have no idea what it means. Ive been researching, but I am careful who I tell, because I dont want to be labeled as crazy, as I have been in the past. I am very creative, artful, pray alot to God to protect me, and I love animals and I have always wanted to save them. Any positive thoughts would be great to hear. And if you feel I am not apart of this then that would be great to know as well. Thank you.

  • Isabelle Riplisi February 1, 2017, 3:01 am

    Hi Sophia,
    I want to thank you for your article. You perfectly described me to a tee. I guess I’m writing this because you said we could reach out to you for further confirmation of what we are, and how to navigate through life as an Indigo. I couldn’t be more sure that I am an Indigo, and I’ve known for quite a while now. Every article I have ever read about Indigos, and also some characteristics of Crystals, has deeply resonated with me. I like that you mentioned that not all Indigos have to follow that specific age range of which year they were born (although I do fall into the category). My mother was once told many years ago that her energy healing friend did a reading for her and said that I came into this world as a warrior, as an indigo, on a specific mission. I thought it was silly when I heard it then, as I had no idea of the attributes, but later in life after some research, I was dumbfounded. Finally there was a name for how I have always felt. I feel uncomfortable labeling myself as such, as it can come off as a sense of superiority to others, (although it shouldn’t), but any time you say you are different, people will laugh in your face and tell you otherwise. I would love to connect with you to speak about this on a more personal level. Although I agree with what you say about labels, the label of Indigo gives meaning to me and I cherish it as I finally have a sense of belonging and knowing, which will help me stay true to my life’s divine purpose.

    Thank you again!

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