Book Review – “Empowering Your Indigo Child”

Authors: Wayne Dosick, PhD and Ellen Kaufman Dosick, MS


This is the first time that I have been exposed to the work of Wayne and Ellen Dosick.  I am quite impressed with their understanding of Indigo Children and the role these children have on this planet at this time.  Besides identifying who the Indigo Children are, Wayne and Ellen also accurately describe the psychological and spiritual challenges which face the Indigos.  Hence the title of the book.


The YOUMEES and The 17

The Dosick’s spend the first part of the book offering background information about Indigo children.  As they identify the issues that face the Indigos they start to offer some solutions aimed towards resolving those issues.  These revolve around the “YOUMEEs” and “The 17”.


The main section of the book is a series of 17 (“The 17”) exercises that the parent and child play.  The “YOUMEEs” refer to the interaction between parent and child.


I found these exercises to be very interesting.  They seem to have the potential to be quite beneficial for both the Indigo Child and the parent.  The net result of the exercises is that the parent and child develop a deeper bond and learn to work together to help the child through the difficulties they are encountering.


As with any medical or psychological treatment, these exercises may not work with everyone.  There is no single treatment that cures everyone.  The Dosick’s offer many testimonials that these exercises have been beneficial for many of their clients.  To me, at the least, the parent is using the exercises to reach out to the child.  This alone can go along way to developing a partnership even if the specific desired outcome is not achieved.


The other Indigos

Something that I like very much about this book is that the Dosick’s address the full range of Indigo Children.  They identify the fact that some of them began cycling through this planet as early as 1946.


They also identify a niche group called “Platinum Indigos”.  This is a group of indigos that have cycled back to this planet after a short lifetime that ended during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  According to the Dosick’s, most of the platinums had bad experiences with drugs or the Viet Nam war.   Those experiences have brought a different set of circumstances to their current lifetime.

By looking at the full range of Indigos the Dosick’s make a case for how pervasive this group of individuals is.  There are so many more Indigos on the planet than any of us have realized.  The underlying message is that the Indigos are not alone and they now have many others with whom they can share their experiences.


Help for all

Although about half of the book is dedicated to helping parents with Indigo Children in the age range of 7 to 17, the book offers assistance to all Indigo Children.  For Indigo Children younger than age 7 the Dosick’s offer a healing in which the parent stands in for the child.


For Indigo Children older than 17 the Dosick’s offer an exercise to help them with their healing as well.  An interesting thing about this healing is that one can do it all by themself.  As with many healings, it seems to work best when we work with a trusted friend.  However, as an Indigo Adult, we sometimes do not have someone with whom we can trust our deep secret of Indigo-ness.  This is an excellent exercise for those of us in that circumstance.


Plain language

One thing for which I would like to commend the Dosick’s is their use of plain language.  Between the psychobabble of the psychology and the ambiguity of the spiritual language this could have been a much more difficult book to read.


Wayne and Ellen Dosick (or their editor) clearly worked very hard to put the concepts they convey into easily understood language.  When using spiritual concepts one must use language that is a bit different form the norm.  The challenge is to explain those concepts as plainly as possible.  I think the Dosick’s have mastered that challenge.


End note

If you have read some of the items that I have written for this site you will see some differences in how we each describe some of the aspects of Indigo Children.  However, these are merely differences in semantics – the basic concepts behind the descriptions do not differ.


For what it is worth, we highly recommend this book for anyone who is feeling any pain from their Indigo-ness.  The techniques appear to have helped many Indigos of all types.  It may be helpful to you as well.


Title:  Empowering Your Indigo Child – A Handbook for Parents of Children of Spirit

Authors:  Wayne Dosick, PhD, and Ellen Kaufman Dosick, MSW

Publisher:  Weiser Books

ISBN:  978-1-57863-444-6


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One Response to Book Review – “Empowering Your Indigo Child”

  1. I am almost 50 and I just heard about indigo children from a librain who said my son was a indigo child. I checked out your book and plan to do the first game this afternoon. While reading thru the material I was overcome that we need to do this for my oldest son Ben. He is 24, married to a woman who does not allow him to have any contact with his brother and I. I do not feel that he is nessarily an indigo child. I was not awear of a special set of rules in raising him, like I was with my younger son.
    I felt like if we did the ritual with my younger son steping in for his brother and saying the things over his brother that maybe he could recieve a healing bubble that would help him to come to his own healing. Is this nuts. I am not just guilt ridden because a lot of the dammage done had nothing to do with me. The damage that was do to me was in my process of becomming healthy and I have asked for forgiveness, from him and God. I do not walk around blaming myself or trying to find a way back into his life. If he does not want a mother I can accept that. I realized that I need boundries. I would like to keep the door open come back any time but that feels like abuse to me. So what do you think?

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