Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children
Generation X, Generation Y, and Millennials
What do these groups have in common?
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The spiritual labels for the most recent different generations are defined as Indigo, Crystal, and Rainbow Children.
These labels are near directly comparable to the sociological labels used for the different generations of recent years, namely, Generation X, Generation Y, and Millennial.
Here are the similarities between the sociological terms and the spiritual terms defining the different generational groups:
- Regardless of name, each generational group begins and ends with very loose boundaries
- Each group is assigned or defined by certain roles in making changes in society
- Each group series was created as an identification tool by humans to define and classify different generations
Either when we're discussing those amongst those in the sociological research community or in the spiritual community, here's how the terms directly compare to each other:
Generation Xers are...
According to George Masnick of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Generation X timeframe is somewhere between 1965 to 1984. This is also around the same timeframe Melanie Beckler classifies the Indigo Children Generation.
Generation Ys are...
Directly following that is Generation Y, putting it anywhere from the mid-1970s when the oldest was born to the mid-2000s when the youngest were. This is the same general time period for those classified in the Crystal Children Generation.
In October 2004, researchers Neil Howe and William Strauss defined this group as those born in 1982 to 20 years thereafter. In 2012, they affixed the endpoint as 2004. This is the same group as the Rainbow Children Generation as defined by those in the spiritual community.
The dates and names for each generation are fluid and you'll see varying boundaries for each, however, these are the overall dates agreed upon by most, and as posted by researchers for The Atlantic.
So to recap...
Taking a look at the scientific term vs spiritual term for each generational group and how they compare:
- If you know you're part of Generation X group, this would make you part of the Indigo Children Generation. This group starts after the baby boomers sometime in the 1960's includes those born in the mid-1980's.
- If you think you were born in Generation Y, you'd technically be part of the Crystal Children Generation, which is essentially the metaphysical term discussing the same thing. If you believe in this group, some researchers don't, this group starts sometime in the 1970's-80's and ends with those born sometime in the mid 90's or early 2000's depending which paper you read.
- And if you think you were born during the Millennials time period, then you're in the Rainbow Children Generation, metaphysically speaking. This group begins sometime in the late 80's or early 90's and includes those birthed directly before and after the start of the newest millennia, basically, the babies that carried us over the hump of the newest (1900's - 200o's) century.
Whichever generation you decide you're in, try not to get too wrapped up in these terms. The defined boundaries of each generation are never finalized until all, if not most, of the children born into that generation move into retirement. For example, the only group whose boundaries sociologists can agree upon are the Baby Boomers, which aren't listed here though, and their boundaries are 1946 -1964.
Amanda Linette Meder
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