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One of my favorite topics is the Indigo Child. I have both spoken and blogged about the topic many times and the most frequent question I receive is in regards to the difference between the Indigo and the Crystal Child. This entries' purpose is to further define the Indigo using the actions that define the Indigo via pop culture.
Harry Potter is the quintessential Indigo. As is typical, the Indigo's life is a difficult one. Do not envy the Indigo! Harry is no more than a year old and both his parents are brutally murdered while he narrowly escapes death himself. (Harry has wizarding parents. This too is a prerequisite for the Indigo as the Indigo always has Lightworker parents.) He is then raised by an abusive Muggle aunt and uncle who have no issue with locking him in a closet, withholding food from him as a means of punishment, and lying to him about his parents' deaths. Upon reaching the age of eleven, Harry is granted admission to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he learns he has magical gifts. (Magic is the symbolic equivalent to psychic gifts.) Life becomes more bearable as he now thrives in his new environment, but just like in the Muggle world, the wizarding world has both good and unsavory wizards.
Repetitious themes are seen throughout his career at Hogwarts. Even though he is from Gryffindor House and bravery is the common denominator for the Gryffindor, Harry's bravery is tested time and time again. (Indigo Children are known for their bravery.) Each year, a new evil lurks around the corner, and it is up to Harry to save the day. (It is also arguable that Harry has the savior archetype too, but that is for another entry.) Most of Harry's major challenges are magical, but many are not. This is what I would like to explore further as these non-magical challenges can be just as difficult and you will be more likely to relate to them.
The most memorable main stream issue Harry deals with, beyond that of abusive guardians and some bullies at school, is the issue of Dolores Umbridge. After the beloved Headmaster of Hogwarts, Albus Dumbledore, is suspiciously ousted, Umbridge becomes Headmaster. Not only does she wield authority for political gain, but uses unorthodox methods of obtain "order." Harry, always drawn towards integrity (just like an Indigo) challenges Umbridge. How so? He speaks the truth. This does not sit well with her so she sees fit to punish that which stands in her way. Umbridge uses humiliation, corporal punishment (even torture), intimidation, and fires several professors to get her point across. The truth is so important to an Indigo that they will put themselves in harm's way in order to sanctify the truth. This is where the bravery comes into play as there will always be consequences! There must be a fear factor in order for there to be bravery. Harry's resolve for the truth remains well after he is punished. In fact, Harry becomes the leader of Dumbledore's Army which over the course of time becomes crucial to the crusade against the evil Lord Voldemort. Umbridge, of course, suspects the insurgence is meant to harm her authority when in fact it is not. Harry's purpose is to arm the willing students with necessary magical spells to help save lives. Their purpose is never to question authority for the sake of questioning but for the purpose of the highest good.
Many may want to call themselves an Indigo because in the movies the Indigo is often the hero. (Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games.) However, in real life situations, are you willing to step up? The Indigo, sometimes without thinking of the repercussions, will step up purely for the sake of integrity. They ARE brave.
Additionally, the Indigo is rebellious when warranted. Harry forms Dumbledore's Army, in secret, going against Umbridge's stern proclamations. Punishment is not a mere detention, either. Writing lines on a piece of parchment with a magical quill is not what it seems. In order to make sure her message sinks in, Harry must write "I will not tell lies" but the lines do not appear on paper but instead, carved in the dermis of the top of his hands, scarring him for life. Biting his upper lip, he remains determined, and copes with the pain. His detentions repeat numerous times. He is not deterred and like any Indigo, he carries on with his mission. Therefore coping skills is a trait that the Indigo develops over the course of his life.
It is important to keep in mind that an Indigo does not cause rebellion for the sake of making trouble or to be difficult. There must be a principle at risk - one worth fighting for. Harry's main concern with Umbridge's rule is twofold. First, she insists that Harry is lying about the return of Lord Voldemort. Voldemort is not only the murderer of Harry's parents but is the single largest threat to the wizarding world. He sees fit to warn his peers about the foreboding threat but she quells him at each opportunity. Second, Harry knows it is essential to prepare his fellow students with magical charms, blocking spells, and defensive arts, but Umbridge insists no threat is lurking. The Indigo's reasons for rebellion are always pure.
By default, Indigos are leaders and must be in order to inspire rebellion. Keep in mind, one does not need to spark a war; it can be as simple as questioning "authority." It is all about the principle at stake.
Just as Harry never intends his leadership to expand beyond that of teaching the other students how to defend themselves, Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games also never intends to start a rebellion. Others' see qualities in the Indigo that not only do they perceive as admirable but that they themselves lack. It takes guts to speak up for what is right.
Overall, the Indigo has a mission that is very different from the Crystal Child. The Indigo is here to upset the apple cart where they are called. Wherever systems are failing, the Indigo is called to question integrity. What kinds of systems? Anything...medical, insurance, schools, courts, government agencies, pharmaceuticals, military, oil companies...it is unlimited where we need an overhaul.
They are the next generation of leaders. It is comforting to know humanity will be in good hands.