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.
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.
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 (currently free) and we can talk them over on Skype.
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