Laurie - posted on 02/26/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )
I'm so excited to see your conversations and the number of members growing! I've been getting my indigo "Serena" and crystal "Athena" adjusted to moving from Toronto, ON Canada to West Bloomfield, MI = seems things are flowing well for them, so here I am.
I wanted to share some insights after 27 years of teaching with many indigos in my classrooms and raising two indigos and one crystal.
I'm sure you all know this intuitively, but I can't emphasize enough how important take time to listen sensitively to your indigo and/or crystal so they know they can say anything = fears, seemingly unusual occurences, dreams, reactions to home, community and world events , food preferences, premonitions, gut feelings etc.
For example, my crystal Athena wanted to wear her favorite little ducky dress to school for three straight weeks = it made her feel in control of her little world, made her feel safe. I washed it each night, laid it out for her, mentioned to her teacher that she had more dresses but chose to wear this one to school and let her do her thing. She felt empowered in her own little way and all was well with her world. She also went through a time where she would eat only tomatoes = then a time where she would eat only strawberries = like there was some "need" in her body.
I always had lots of food options and choices available for the girls so they could "feel" what their bodies needed - asked them what they would like for dinner and attempted to incorporate what they wanted into our meals. I did not make separate meals; but rather tried to have little appetizers made up of the healthy requests they made. It worked, they felt empowered to listen to their bodies and their requests would be heard and acted upon.
When two of the girls showed gifting and talents in artistic expression in the form of painting and drawing, I made sure they had lots of art materials = not expensive but expansive = like unusual "tones" and colors. We went to lots of "free" activities in our small northern Ontario community = they later told me they were able to draw on those experiences for their inspiration. Dimitra, my oldest indigo, is now a webdesigner for the engineering dept. of Ryerson University in Toronto and a "selling" artist = about 10 of her original paintings grace the hall of the University. She leads a very "full", exciting and interesting life in Toronto. She does many commissioned works for companies and individuals. When she came to me after her first year of university where she majored in psychology and spanish = she said "I need to go with my passion = art". So, she transferred to Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She still years to paint full-tiime = I see her doing this in the future. Don't get me wrong, she still has lots of struggles, especially about the injustices she witnesses at work = but she feels very comfortable speaking honestly to me about these = she needs to know I understand and do not judge her for these deep feelings.
Athena, my crystal, went to university for one year majoring in sociology and psychology. She too came to me after her first year and said she needed to follow her "passion" = acting. She tranferred to a private acting school and was in a major American movie within a year = total "synchronistic" fluke and appeared in a stage production in Toronto = where people "paid" to see the play!!! She got an agent in Toronto = she modelled and acted in commercials and another "Bollywood" type movie in Toronto. She also took five levels of training at Second City in both Toronto and Detroit - she is unbelievably funny and love improve! She has "fallen in love" with a professional soccer player who is now based in Houston (she is there visiting now) and I believe they have an exciting future ahead. This is after a lot of struggle. She went through quite a depression when she was in high school; she was the type of crystal who held it all in - imploded rather than exploded. She finally "broke out" after some sensitive counselling and encouragement = she's on her way now.
Why do I share all this? To encourage you to be sensitively listening to your indigo and/or crystal all the time and to be a solid advocate for them as they interact with an at times, not so sensitive world! Bless you all,