A year ago I had the great privilege premiering a film here in Australia called Indigo. The film, which stars Neale Donald Walsch, the author of the Conversations with God series, and was directed by Stephen Simon, is the story of a young girl who possesses a wide range of psychic powers, from profound healing abilities to clairvoyance. I developed the character after having met dozens if not hundreds of children with similar gifts; Grace, the main character in the film, was a composite of each one of these ‘psy-kids’, with every paranormal ability I had seen wrapped together in one little body.
I was in Byron Bay for the premiere, which was the first of over 700 locations the film opened at that weekend. As I drove up to the theatre I saw a line that stretched around the block. Hundreds of people came, and most were unable to get tickets. It was just the beginning, though. The same scenario repeated itself around the world two days later. By the time the weekend was over 140,000 people attended screenings in over 40 countries, startling even the massive Hollywood studios and distributors, all of whom turned down the project a year earlier. Indigo was the 17th highest grossing film that month – not bad for an independent film without a major star or even a theatrical distributor.
The success of the film sparked renewed interest in the ‘indigo’ children phenomenon, a movement that started a decade or so ago when psychics began seeing indigo auras around many gifted children. The book, The Indigo Children, by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, had been passed from one hand to the next for over five years, fueling interest in the subject. But it wasn’t until the movie was released that it became a more mainstream topic, expanding past the typical woo-woo audience to the average man or woman on the street. Articles in USA Today, as well as many other international newspapers and magazines, began spreading the word. These days you can’t go into a video store in North America without seeing Indigo on the shelf next to a mainstream film. It seems we have suddenly entered into an indigo world.
That being said, it may surprise people to learn that I don’t consider myself a ‘true indigo believer’. Yes, it’s true that I’ve written several books on the topic, was the executive producer and screenwriter for the original Indigo feature film, and am now the director/producer of the new documentary, “The Indigo Evolution”. How is it possible, then, that I prefer to stand on the outside looking in? Uncommitted in my opinion and more than a little skeptical about the never ending queue of labels: from ‘indigos’ to ‘crystals’ to ‘rainbows’, all trying to identify a phenomenon that most of us recognise and experience, but which evades our commonsense. Maybe it’s not that I’m a non-believer, but rather that I’ve seen too much to let the children be lumped together so conveniently, more for our benefit than theirs. I’ve met too many of the children and heard too many of their stories to let this be reduced to a new-age fad, only to fall off the map when the next distraction comes along. Yes, I feel that that is more my position – I believe in the children, I just don’t believe they can be deposited into neat little boxes that help us understand who they are and how important their mission is on a planet that is very much in need of a mission.
And that is why I feel that the documentary is so important. Don’t expect many easy answers, but you can expect many good questions. Many of them will be asked by the children themselves, and by the so called ‘experts’ most of whom seem to share my inability to tie a nice colourful bow on top of this package. Most of the children I have worked with dismiss the label ‘indigo’ or ‘crystal’. They defy the boxes we would place them in, and that, as far as I’m concerned, makes them even more intriguing. It makes me want to work even harder to get their message out to the world, and message that can be summed up in a few simple words: “The time is now!!!”
Maybe another part of their message is that we should stop putting ourselves in boxes as well. The ‘new children’, which is the phrase that works for me, are part of a new humanity, one in which we are all included. There is nothing new about these children, in fact most of us were part of the first wave, or the fifth wave, or the five hundred and forty-seventh wave, depending on how far back you go. The indigos have always been around and it’s just that we now have eyes to see them. Hopefully, we also have eyes to see ourselves as well. That would be the greatest gift the children could inspire. Then we wouldn’t have to wave the banner in front of them and give them all the accolades we deny ourselves. Then we would realise that we are all in this together, and that each one of us, regardless of our age, or race, or religion, has a unique role to play in this unfolding drama called life.
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