ADHD – Indigo, exceptional or something else?

These children know they are here for a higher purpose. They resist being forced to learn things they instinctively know they will not need to fulfill that purpose.

These children know they are here for a higher purpose. They resist being forced to learn things they instinctively know they will not need to fulfill that purpose.

by Mary M. Ernsberger — 

During the 1950s, a large number of children were born in response to the prayers of a war-torn generation searching for peace. Welcome Lightworkers — many of you know who you are — many of you are just beginning to discover your true path. But for all of us, one thing is clear. We are here to assist the generations following ours with the enormous task of ushering in a time of peace.

The 1960s gave birth to the flower child. Remember the slogan “Make Love, Not War”? Unfortunately, the world was not ready for peace.

The 1970s got lost in disco in response to the flower children going corporate. Materialism took over and everyone had to have what the “Joneses” had.

For the most part, gone was the time when one parent could earn enough money to support the family. Both parents had to work outside the home and latch-key kids were born. The job of raising America’s children fell on the school system. Classroom crowding and creative program-cutting became commonplace. Teachers began searching for ways to keep it all together.

Hello — ADHD! This diagnosis made it OK to sedate a growing numbers of children. Just about everyone has heard or seen the guidelines used to diagnose ADHD. Recent studies, however, indicate an alarming correlation between children diagnosed as ADHD and those who are truly gifted/exceptional.

The National Foundation for Gifted and Creative Children has listed the following characteristics to help parents and educators identify “potentially gifted” children:

  • Highly sensitive and often emotional
  • Excessively energetic
  • Easily bored— may appear to have short attention span
  • Resistant to authority if it’s not democratically oriented
  • Easily frustrated
  • Learn from an exploratory level — often resisting rote memory or just sitting back and listening
  • Unable to sit still unless absorbed in something of their own interest
  • Very compassionate — may fear the death or loss of loved ones
  • May give up and develop permanent learning blocks

The foundation also stated that many gifted children tend to withdraw and may even sacrifice their individual creativity in an attempt to “fit in.”

Welcome Indigo children. These are the children born in the 1980s to the mid-1990s. Following the Indigos, we have Crystal (mid-1990s to early 2000s) and Rainbow children (those who began incarnating in the last year — 2005). Do you notice any alarming coincidences between the behavior patterns of ADHD and gifted or Indigo children?

What happens when a child cannot sit still in his seat, likes to tap his fingers or pencil on the desktop or cannot get his work turned in on time, if he finishes it at all? What happens when a child dances to the beat of a different drummer? Maybe your child just does not learn and relate to the world the same way everyone else does.

Doreen Virtue, Ph.D., recently asked, “What if ADHD actually stood for Attention Dialed into a Higher Dimension?” Has anyone bothered to ask? Have you asked your children and then listened — really listened — to what they have to say? Because if you have, you have found that children are full of wonderful, bright, innovative thoughts and ideas; most of them aren’t afraid to tell you so.

These children know they are here for a higher purpose. They resist being forced to learn things they instinctively know they will not need to fulfill that purpose. Remember the Lightworkers we started with? Now is the time for all of us to step up to the plate. A new age has dawned.

 

Mary M. Ernsberger is a certified hypnotherapist, academic life coach and Bach Flower Therapy practitioner. She specializes in working with children and young adults experiencing difficulty in their learning or home environments. hypno4kids@yahoo.com; www.greattherapists.com or www.bealifecoach.com.

Reprinted from AzNetNews, Volume 24, Number 5, October/November 2005.

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