Are you an Indigo Adult?

Back in 2011, a friend of mine suggested to me that I might be an Indigo.“Eh? What’s that?” I thought to myself, and then, like everything that comes into my life that I don’t know about, I Googled it to learn what it is. What I discovered about Indigos intrigued me. I felt that it answered a lot of questions, but it also raised even more.

Ever since then, I’ve found and met Indigos in my life and on the internet. They’re out there, and they’re looking for answers. They find my writing, and they get in touch with me. They don’t understand why they have the experiences they do, but they know they feel alone as a result of them. Finding other Indigos is like finding an oasis in the desert, with other Indigos gathered around the waterhole.

They might not have the answers, but at least they realise that they’re looking for them together.

So what is an Indigo Adult?

This quote is, I think, a good outline of what an Indigo Adult is:

Some people say that the purpose of all Indigo adults is to raise the vibration of the planet – this is mostly true, they are not here to cower in fear or to do nothing at all. They are here to improve this planet for everyone, in some way. But often where Indigo adults have a problem is in finding out exactly how they can improve the planet. Every cell in an organism serves a function, and as an Indigo cell, you are not like every other Indigo cell. You possess the same molecular structure, but your function is different. The eye cell doesn’t do the same thing as the hair cell. Both are needed, both are loved, respected and accepted for what they are, but they do not have the same traits and abilities. They don’t do the same thing. So what is your purpose as an Indigo adult? You have to find it yourself.

Yeh, that’s great. Thanks….

I know that my writing is my way of helping to improve the planet. I know that in my communications and connections with other people, I provide them with answers or assistance to problems they’re experiencing. I feel like I’m doing my part, but I also know I could be doing so much more. I feel like that will happen soon enough, and I just need to be patient and let things work out as they should.

How do you know if you’re an Indigo?

Well, if you can relate to most of the following, or even all of them, then it’s likely that you are an Indigo:

  1. Are intelligent, though may not have had top grades.
  2. Are very creative and enjoy making things.
  3. Always need to know WHY, especially why they are being asked to do something.
  4. Had disgust and perhaps loathing for much of the required and repetitious work in school.
  5. Were rebellious in school in that they refused to do homework and rejected authority of teachers, OR seriously wanted to rebel, but didn’t DARE, usually due to parental pressure.
  6. May have experienced early existential depression and feelings of helplessness. These may have ranged from sadness to utter despair. Suicidal feelings while still in high school or younger are not uncommon in the Indigo Adult.
  7. Have difficulty in service-oriented jobs. Indigos resist authority and caste system of employment.
  8. Prefer leadership positions or working alone to team positions.
  9. Have deep empathy for others, yet an intolerance of stupidity.
  10. May be extremely emotionally sensitive including crying at the drop of a hat (no shielding) Or may be the opposite and show no expression of emotion (full shielding).
  11. May have trouble with RAGE.
  12. Have trouble with systems they consider broken or ineffective, ie. political, educational, medical, and legal.
  13. Alienation from or anger with politics – feeling your voice won’t count and/or that the outcome really doesn’t matter.
  14. Frustration with or rejection of the traditional American dream – 9-5 career, marriage, 2.5 children, house with white picket fence, etc.
  15. Anger at rights being taken away, fear and/or fury at “Big Brother watching you.”
  16. Have a burning desire to do something to change and improve the world. May be stymied what to do. May have trouble identifying their path.
  17. Have psychic or spiritual interest appear fairly young – in or before teen years.
  18. Had few if any Indigo role models. Having had some doesn’t mean you’re not an indigo, though.
  19. Have strong intuition.
  20. Random behavior pattern or mind style – (symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder). May have trouble focusing on assigned tasks, may jump around in conversations.
  21. Have had psychic experiences, such as premonitions, seeing angels or ghosts, out of body experiences, hearing voices.
  22. May be electrically sensitive such as watches not working and street lights going out as you move under them, electrical equipment malfunctioning and lights blowing out.
  23. May have awareness of other dimensions and parallel realities.
  24. Sexually are very expressive and inventive OR may reject sexuality in boredom or with intention of achieving higher spiritual connection. May explore alternative types of sexuality.
  25. Seek meaning to their life and understanding about the world May seek this through religion or spirituality, spiritual groups and books, self-help groups and books.
  26. When they find balance they may become very strong, healthy, happy individuals.

Now, the only one I don’t relate to in the above list is #22, but I’ve often thought it would be pretty cool if street lights blew behind me as I walked along…. although that would probably really freak me out, so it’s probably a good thing that doesn’t happen!

One of the interesting things is that you either relate to most of them, or only a few of them. You’re either Indigo or you’re not. If you are, you also have a strong feeling that you’re just not like other people, that you’re different, and few others understand you.

You’re not alone.

Do you think you’re an Indigo Adult?

If you relate to most of the 26 traits in the above list, I’d really love to hear from you, either in a comment below, or by email. I’d like to get to know more Indigo Adults out there.

Thanks for reading!
  • Nathan

    I am an Indigo Adult. You are not alone.

    • Alan Howard

      Welcome @Nathan, nice to have you here :)

  • Indi Martin

    I ran across this blog randomly, after I received a comment on my Deviant Art page about how much they liked my name ( ). I’ve always used it, and just randomly threw two words together in high school.

    What’s weird is that your list is exactly me, including #22. My mom actually took me to a doctor as a child because watches would stop working and it freaked her out. She would watch as the watch battery drained on my skin. I kill cell phones, I try to handle them as little as possible. I refuse to get a laptop because I’m afraid I’d be throwing my money away. So far my Wacom tablet has fared fine, thankfully. Street lights do go out ridiculously often as I pass under them, though they don’t blow – they flicker out and then come back on eventually, and it’s not all the time. I don’t even really know if that’s related, I figured it happened to everyone.

    So, that’s strange. I don’t really know what to do with all this information. I threw away my very nice corporate job years ago to walk the world – I had a dream that I was supposed to for years. Though it was a fascinating experience, it didn’t provide the answers I thought sure it would have, although it did cement to me that I didn’t want to go back after the corporate dream ever again. I focused on my art and my writing and am now a professional freelance artist and writer, working primarily on my own works and selling them directly at conventions and online. It has helped, but I still feel like I’m wasting my life sometimes.

    Anyhow, sorry for the book – I do tend to write them – and thanks for the post, although it raised more questions for me than those it answered.

    – Indi

    • Alan Howard

      hi @indimartin:disqus thanks for commenting here. You know, it’s entirely possible that the only reason you had a dream to travel is to get yourself motivated to travel so that you’d understand what you wanted and what you didn’t want.

      Our experiences aren’t meant to be answers in themselves, but to lead us forward, one step at a time, along a path in life that we chose before we were born. Following our heart is a good way of following the life we were born to live.

      What is it that you’d like to do now, but which you’re not doing for whatever reason? Maybe you could give yourself permission to continue following your dreams. :)

  • Delia Kiski

    I was informed of it after I started showing signs as a child and teenager. My mother sat me down and explained it to me. When I was 16 I decided that I didn’t want to believe I was under the potential influence of someone else telling me, so I put it aside and went on with my life. I’m 22 now and was discussing it again with my mother, who is trying to help me figure out why I feel so lost sometimes. I did my research again, this time at the suggestion of my mother but not with her influence. My answers to whether or not those things related to me were entirely my own. And I realize now that she was right. I’m an Indigo Adult. Now what, though, is all I can think about. I’m a bit scared, if I’ll be honest.

    • Alan Howard

      hi @DeliaKiski:disqus thanks for commenting. It’s scary trying to work out what to do with our life, but you’re 22 – you’ve got plenty of time to work that out.

      What do you want to do with your life? What is in your heart that you haven’t acted upon yet? What hobbies or interests do you have that you’re so excited and passionate about, which you could turn into a career? What can you offer others that would help other people with their own issues in life?

      My own understanding of being Indigo is that we’re here to help others through similar challenges that we’ve gone through ourselves. Our life is meant to be of service to other people, to help them.

      Find out what you love doing, that you can help others with, and you’ll start walking down the path that will bring you the greatest joy.

      It might not be easy, and it’ll probably be really scary, but it’ll be rewarding.

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  • Angel

    I am a 19 year old girl, and I have always been curious about things that most of the people consider “odd” or “out of the box”. I realized I am an Indigo person since I was quite young, but I tried so hard to forget about that since my parents and religion told me that those kind of things were wrong and they were “evil”. I understand now how wrong they were, I have to say I believe in God but I do not believe in religion, there is a complete difference there but anyways…. I am starting to look for more advice and more people that actually can understand me better, until now, even if I made some friends, I feel that actually nobody really understands me or know anything about me, and is not, I repeat, is NOT a teenager thing of looking for attention.

    Right now I am in a journey of discovering what should I study and do in life, it is frightening for me because I feel so lost that I do not know what to do.

    Hope I can find more people like me and share experiences and advices.

    • Alan Howard

      hi @disqus_lRiqGBRHRm:disqus, welcome to this blog :)

      I’m the same as you in that I believe in God but not religion. I see religions as being a crutch for those that need the support, but I also see that it’s dangerous.

      If you don’t want to study, then don’t. You’re probably feeling pressure from other people to study – but what if it’s not what you should be doing in your life? What if you really want to do something else?

      Do it! This is your life, you should fill it with things that YOU want to do, that you enjoy doing, that you love doing. If it turns out that one day you know what you want to study and you’ll love it, then you should do it. But until then, maybe studying just isn’t what you should be looking at doing right now.

      What excites you? What fascinates you? What are you passionate about? Move in that direction – that’s where your life should move towards

  • Believe InHumans

    Just <3

    • Alan Howard

      hi @believeinhumans:disqus welcome to this blog :)

  • stephanie

    I have always known I was different and had a higher purpose. But I just saw myself as weird and misunderstood. But have been aware that I have been in contact with more indigos very recently. We are “waking” up and all I know is that we must be patient and let it run it’s course. For we run from intuition for a reason.

  • Celestine

    I heard the expression a few years ago after being told I was an Indigo. I too googled it but I didnt fit into the time frame, until I read that there had been earlier arrivals and then it started to make sense. I can say yes to all of your list and as for 22 have never been able to wear a watch. People are drawn to me and will tell me intimate secrets about themselves within minutes of being in my company. I was once told that someone had told me more about themselves than they had told their therapist in 10 years. I have always known that talking with people can make a life changing event happen. I have also always known that the conversation will be unimportant to me. This has proved true over the years, with people coming back and saying that what I told them totally changed their lives, in some cases I couldnt even remember the conversation. I have always known things without knowing how and partners/lovers have been able to convince me that it was my imagination or it simply wasnt true. This led me to doubt myself, but then future events proved I was right and this made me feel the person thought I was stupid. It took many years for me to realise the problem was theirs not mine. I have always hated lies and could never understand why people, particularly people who didnt really know me, would lie to me. I am frequently told “not everyone is like you” I like being unique but sometimes find it a very lonely place to be.

    • Alan Howard

      Hi @disqus_nd8m47KzOZ:disqus, welcome to this site. And welcome to the club of Indigos :)

      Hmm… Maybe I should create a website called that.

      Anyway, I’ve also had plenty of occasions where people have enjoyed talking to me and sharing with me their innermost secrets and issues. I once thought I might become a counselor, but decided I didn’t want to be around other people’s negativity, so that idea was scrapped.

      Enjoy being unique. Maybe explore how you can get more out of your uniqueness so that your life is more rewarding as a result of it :)

      • Celestine

        I agree the rewards far outweigh the loneliness

    • Collin Millay

      Hi celestine. I can totally relate to all of that. I too seem to understand and help people very easily but have also felt alone. I have to say that name celestine reminds me of one of my favorite books by james redfield called “the celestine prophecy” which describes many indigo character traits. Im assuming you’ve read this.? I just found out today that im in this class of people and im not alone in this. I would love to hear any advice or experience you’ve had or how i can channel this energy.. thank you.

      • Celestine

        Hi Collin Many years ago I chanced upon a workshop that was based on Celestine Prophecy The Experimental Guide. It blew me away and explained so many things to me. I then went on to read the book but i dont think i was ready for that because after doing the workshop i found it a little strange (not quite the right word). I have since read it a few times and watched the film too. I took my name from this also and all my certificates from this time have only that name. I asked for a second name and was given the name Roberts which worked well numeroligically but have only used Celestine. I have lots of amazing stories that I can share with you. I am a Reiki Master/Teacher and Angelic Reiki Master/Teacher, I have certificates in other energy healing forms too and have been told to stop searching and to use my skills. Getting into energy healing itself is a story in itself. I would love to share these tales with you, we can do it either on this site or I can email you. The one thing you need to remember is that the energy comes through you not from you, if you dont connect with the universal energy and ground yourself and connect with earth energy you will deplete yourself which isnt how it should be done. There is so much i would like to share with you but you would get bored of reading ha ha. So I thing it best you tell me what and i will answer. As the book says, when the student is ready the teacher appears!

        • Alan Howard

          I wonder if I should create a forum for Indigos, so that people like yourself can post your stories on it, and engage in discussions separate to the comments on this blog.

          What do you guys think of me setting that up for you?

          • Celestine

            Fine by me Alan, how do I upload a photo it says it is too big

          • Alan Howard

            you can upload photos to and then provide the link to it here

          • Celestine

            hi Alan thanks but not sure i would like to put a pic of me on a site that has so many pics that i really dont want to be associated with

          • Alan Howard

            No worries. Let me whip up a forum today and you can become a member of it and put your photo there :)

            I’ll see if I can make photos viewable only to members.

          • Celestine

            ok thanks

        • Collin Millay

          Oh please share this with me i promise you i want to know all and everything about this! What is reiki? Please email me everything you got!

          • Celestine

            i need your email address to do that or do you want me to post it on here?

          • Collin Millay

            whoops sorry here.

          • Celestine

            no problem i have seen your email i will email you later

  • Collin Millay

    Hi my name is Collin and im kinda freaking out im 31 years old and im definitely an indigo.. ive never heard of this until today.. i can relate to about 90 percent of the characteristics above.. actually as i was reading the characteristic about lights blowing out my power went out for no apparent reason for a couple seconds and im shaking right now. Im very empathic as im able to see people inside and out and feel what they are feeling sometimes hearing there thoughts. I thought i was alone in this but im glad im not the only one.. what do i do to center myself and control these emotions? U can email me at i would appreciate any advice or info relating to this..