Have you met a child lately who seems to possess inherent wisdom beyond his or her age? Perhaps you have heard about a new generation of gifted children who display unusual psychological and even psychic behavior. They're called "Indigo children" and they have people across the world scratching their heads. Doctors, teachers and parents are pointing to this new phenomenon and asking the obvious questions: how and why? Enter authors Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, who in mid-1999, with their book The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, documented the spiritual evolution of a group of children with special needs who display previously unseen characteristics of intelligence for their age. Carroll and Tober made a call for adults to cater to these so-called Indigo children's unique demands in the way that they parent, teach and generally communicate with them. Many specialized schools, such as Waldorf and Montessori, have already answered the call within their curriculum. An assertion of the Indigo child phenomenon is that these children are born "knowing" who they are already and that they transcend cultural and geographic barriers. A large question looms: Can we truly be witnessing human evolution in our children today?
Indigo children are described as entering our society with a feeling of royalty and acting as such. Their attributes include great senses of self-worth and importance, attitudes of deserving their consciousness, and knowing more proficient ways to accomplish things. They are categorized as non-conformists, "system busters," and anti-socialists as they are often frustrated with noncreative systems of thought and absolute authority. Indigo children do not respond to guilt-based discipline and have trouble with simple tasks such as waiting in line. Many people, including a group of Oregon-based filmmakers, seem to think that Indigo children are here to teach us all valuable lessons in life.
Writer and executive producer of the film Indigo, James Twyman, is among that group, along with his good friends Neale Donald Walsch (who co-wrote the script and stars in the film) and Stephen Simon (producer and director for the film). Twyman fronted most of the $500,000 budget along with thousands of small contributions to finance Indigo (in an era where many films cost up to $100 million) and cited a need for spiritual filmmaking that supports more than just making money. The film was shot with 25 full-time volunteers in an impressive 20-day time frame and finished postproduction in less than eight months, just 10 days before its first film festival premier. Simon is best known for his film What Dreams May Come, another spiritually based film and a realized dream for the producer who shares Twyman's feelings on today's film industry.
Indigo garnered an Audience Choice Award at the Santa Fe Film Festival, by beating over 200 other competing films and breaking sales records. The film depicts an Indigo child's profound effect on a family that is struggling through difficulties on par with complete dissolution and physical hardship beyond their ability. Spiritual themes include taking responsibility for actions and choices while attaining redemption and grace in the face of failure and regret.
Churches worldwide and some AMC movie theaters are participating in the Jan. 29 commercial premier of Indigo. Colorado Springs and Pueblo groups will host showings of Indigo over the weekend.
Damon Runyon Repertory Theater
611 N. Main Street, Pueblo
Saturday, Jan. 29, 2 p.m., 6 p.m., 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan 30, 2 p.m.
Call 564-0579 for more information.
Unity Church in the Rockies
1945 Mesa Road
Saturday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. , Sunday, Jan. 30, 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Call 471-4556 for more information.
Tickets also available at Celebration, 2209 W. Colorado Ave., 634-1855