Book Review: Indigo’s Bracelet by Alexandra Folz
I dedicate this book to the rising young “seeker” who asks, “Who am I?”
When I discovered author, Alexandra Folz and her mission to encourage the journey of self-awareness and exploration in children, I knew I had to support her. Immediately we bonded, and have become “virtual” friends, but more than this- soul sisters. Perhaps it is our inner Indigo, who bonds us.
Indigo is a young, resourceful, animal loving, conscious creating, girl with fiery red locks. She struggles with her identity, agreeing with what some of the kids at school call her, “crazy lion hair girl.”But then her mom, who is definitely a conscious, loving parent, gives her a bracelet.
“When I was your age and started to worry about what other people thought of me, my mom gave me this bracelet. When I put it on, magical things started to happen, so listen carefully.”
Through the course of six chapters, laid out in a simple structure of magical gifts she receives, we become a part of Indigo’s mystical, yet realistic journey. Like any young girl becoming aware of herself, she gets frustrated as she tries to do the right thing. Also, she is angry with her father who is frequently absent from her life. And because of wearing the bracelet, she isn’t quite sure about some of the magical experiences that happen to her, and where they come from. For instance, she hears a whisper, a voice which speaks softly and gently to her, saying words like, “Believe the love you feel inside, not words of fear that make you hide.”
I read a chapter a night with my little Indigo girl, Lilli, who is 10. On night one, she said, “I like this book. Especially the imagination. It’s like my life.” Another theme in the book Lilli liked, was Indigo’s relationship with her bracelet. She liked how it gave her guidance, “like a teacher,” she said. I sense Lilli wants her own bracelet, and because of this book, we can easily dialogue about the teacher inside of her that never disappoints and always guides with her best interest in mind.
A turning point for Indigo is in the final chapter. When she hears the whisper, and instead of wondering where it came from, she answers, “Oh, hi,” as if noticing an old friend who has been there all the time. The whisper says, “Indigo, I am you and you are me, and together we are the whisper and the wisdom.”
When we finished the book, I asked Lilli what she learned from Indigo. She said Indigo is like me. I asked her how so. She replied, “She’s spiritual, nice and you have the same hair, except yours isn’t red.” If only I had this story growing up, I wouldn’t have felt so weird and out of place. Little, spirited Indigo would have let me know I wasn’t alone. Fortunately, when we do feel weird and isolate ourselves, we can come to know the Voice Inside, and now thanks to the receptivity of Alexandra’s whisper, we have a girl named Indigo who is an example of strength and wisdom for the new little girls and boys.
This book appears to be a preview of our “new literature.” Our children are more aware and spiritually awake and evolved than at any other time. Adults, as Alexandra notes on her website, Indigo’s Books, are increasingly pursuing enlightenment. As adults, this journey is of the utmost importance. We must be self-aware to facilitate the evolution of our children. Indigo’s Bracelet is a wonderful door-opener to this inner process, and I can’t think of a better way to spend time with your children, than curling up together, and reading about the inner journey of young girl.
I honor the effort and openness of Alexandra, who worked on this book for 10 years. She is the conscious, loving mother of two small children, who I imagine are a lot like Indigo. Oh, the places you all, and this book will go….
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