The Indigo Child.



A conclusion that can be derived from the reactivity of our current population is that the general mindset is transforming: Hate to Love — Judgement to Sympathy.

One of the most intriguing ideas I have found regarding the global consciousness shift is the concept of Indigo Children.

Many of the mainstream sites label this idea as new age. New age, to some, is considered a half-baked scheme that has no merit. Others, especially medical professionals, see this concept as a way to excuse their children’s bad behavior, or apparent ADHD (alternate acronym: Attention Dialed to a Higher Dimension).

When something cannot be seen or scientifically proven, people tend to have a harder time believing it.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

Wikipedia defines Indigo Child as:

Indigo children, according to a pseudoscientific New Age concept, are children who are believed to possess special, unusual and sometimes supernatural traits or abilities. The idea is based on concepts developed in the 1970s by Nancy Ann Tappe and further developed by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll. The concept of indigo children gained popular interest with the publication of a series of books in the late 1990s and the release of several films in the following decade. A variety of books, conferences and related materials have been created surrounding belief in the idea of indigo children and their nature and abilities. The interpretations of these beliefs range from their being the next stage in human evolution, in some cases possessing paranormal abilities such as telepathy, to the belief that they are more empathetic and creative than their peers.

Nancy Ann Tappe (1931-2012), a woman who was internationally recognized for her work with life colors, coined the phrase indigo child. Nancy was a confirmed synesthete, she saw colors around every living thing (auras) that crossed her path. She spent her life examining the personalities of individuals, and how those personality traits translated to their life color.

There were 12 life colors that Nancy saw around all living things:

Physical life colors: magenta, red, pink, lavender, orange…

Physical colors are action people. They use their bodies, usually doing first and then thinking. They are the best at “going with the flow.” While this color was common in our grandparents’ or great grandparents’ time, they are no longer being born since we have transitioned out of purely physical times. 

Mental life colors: Yellow, tan, green…

Mental colors think and plan. They express themselves with words. They observe, discriminate, and evaluate.

Spiritual life colors: blue, violet…

Those with spiritual colors express themselves idealistically. They are here to live and work creatively. They tend to judge and pass judgement. 

Floaters – indigo, crystal….

Floaters do not have life lessons. Indigos are the bridge to the future. Crystals come in during times of transformation to assist others in their lessons.

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” –  Jim Morrison

Nancy’s particular form of synesthesia involved her senses of sight with living things.

Synesthesia (or synaesthesia) is loosely defined as “senses coming together,” which is just a translation of the Greek (etymology: syn – together, esthesia from aesthesis – sensation). At its simplest level, synesthesia means that when a certain sense or part of a sense is activated, another unrelated sense or part of a sense is activated concurrently. For example, when someone hears a sound, he or she immediately sees a color or shape in his or her “mind’s eye.” People that have synesthesia are called synesthetes. 



Do you have synesthesia?

While there are reported to be 30-40 different types of synesthesia, Nancy Ann Tappe’s type was that she saw colors associated with living things, she claimed to see the electromagnetic energy field of the being. Another fascinating fact that she shared with her grandmother is that she tasted shape! She walked around seeing a floating rainbow of colors around all living things.

Her own description of how she saw the colors:  Softly moving through  her view, like a sun setting through many layers of clouds.

Can you imagine? Beginning in 1960-1970, Nancy began seeing indigo around people. She had already been seeing 11 life colors, as she called them, and studying the varying colors in association with the corresponding personality, when a 12th color, Indigo appeared in babies at that time (flower child, anyone?). She spent the next 40 years studying these 12 life colors, with a particular focus on the newly born “Indigos”.

In the 1960’s, when the color first appeared, indigos were rare, but currently almost everyone under the age of 30 has the Indigo life color. This is a startling statistic, from Nancy’s own observations. Could you be one? I learned, through taking the battery at, that I cross hearing (usually music or loud irritating music) with touch.

I never knew that was something out of the ordinary.  When a song deeply touches me (happens all of the time) I get goosebumps on my face due to the feeling of something brushing against my cheek.

Top Indigo Characteristics:

1.  Brilliant with technology

2.  Relaxed and casual (casual is my middle name)

3. Peer-oriented

4.  Loves junk food (try not to, but god I love french fries!)

5.  High energy

6.  Bored in school and easily distracted (surprised I got a high school diploma over here)

7.  Muti-task effortlessly (does it count if you multi-task so much that you never actually finish anything?)

8.  Blunt in communication (too blunt?)

9.  Unswayed by previous social norms (I think we can all identify with this one)

10.  View entitlement as a right

11.  Androgynous (I view this as having both masculine and feminine personality traits, balance between left and right brain)

Now, to make things even more complicated, Nancy further categorized Indigo’s.

1.  Humanists: Humanists are here to globalize humanity through technology and communications. (Ahem… Rebelle Society….ahem… sorry, little cough.) This is the most common type of Indigo. Humanists are casual and informal, enthusiastic, it is therapy for them to talk or write with people they like.  Communication is their soul mate.

2.  Artists: Multi-talented, performance oriented, intensely creative, love expensive things, like to wear fashionable attire, overly dramatic at times, zone out when being disciplined, and can play victim pretty well. Many of the young-ish musicians/performers fall into this category. (Think Lana Del Rey, Eminem.)

3.  Conceptualists: Conceptualists are project people. They are geniuses with technology. (Computer engineer, designer.) But Conceptualists are different from the others in that they are much less social. They prefer working behind the scenes, thus allowing Artists to have the spotlight and Humanists to spread the word about their ideas to the public around the world.

4.  Catalysts: Catalysts will bring in new paradigms, new philosophies, and new religions. They envision the future and advocate tirelessly for global causes and philanthropic endeavors.They are the fewest of the Indigos, numbering only one in every few thousand people. The are very large-bodied and intensely curious about the human body and how it operates. They are abstract thinkers, often conceptualizing things that won’t occur until far into the future. Of all the Indigo types, they are the most likely to be labeled “autistic.” About fifty percent of them actually are autistic.

Could this explain the recent spike in ADD, ADHD, autism, and other afflictions that are on the rise? Could this explain the feeling of change that I know I am not the only one feeling? It’s just a theory, but a fascinating one.






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Melanie Imhoff
Melanie: means dark skinned. In reality very little pigment concentrates her. She has spent her life digging and learning. She has found family in kindred spirits. She is a mother, a writer, an encourager. Hers is the house where all the neighborhood kids want to be. This is the house where the weird people paint tables, play guitar, create art with whatever they can find. Music adorns her life, concomitant passion partnered with words. Spiritual and caring, writing is not just a hobby, it is therapy. She is sandwiched between Milwaukee and Chicago, both of which are lovers. The lake. The lake breathes life for her and is not just a bonus for her, it is oxygen. To read more ramblings, go to
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  • Victoria Erickson
    Victoria Erickson commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
    Perfect :) Thank you for this, Melanie!!
  • SR Atchley
    SR Atchley commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
    Aha! I have long believed that autism and other “diagnosed” conditions among children are actually human evolutionary traits, reflecting the ever changing nature of our world and our species. This is a great write up, reinforcing much of what I have felt internally to be true. Thanks for this, Melanie!
  • Shavawn M. Berry
    shavawnb commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
    Thanks for this! As a humanistic writer and artist, I relate. (Cough, cough.)
  • melanieimhoff commented on August 22, 2013 Reply
    The pleasure is all mine, the research was way too much fun :)
  • Jade commented on August 23, 2013 Reply
    Hey Melanie, Super interesting article! You might find this interesting They work with auras, specifically ‘upgrading’ people with the 11 life colours you mentioned to crystal. A software upgrade if you will to be more aligned with the new high frequencies coming through. I had my aura transformed and it has had a big knock on in my life. Thanks again for a really interesting read. Jade
  • Melanie commented on August 23, 2013 Reply
    Upgrading auras? Fascinating!
  • Kira commented on August 23, 2013 Reply
    It’s always weird for me reading information on Indigo Children. I’ve been told that I am one by a number of spiritual healers and teachers that I work with that have similar or the same mediums as Nancy. Ironically I’ve never really lead or identified with being an Indigo, and yet they’ve all picked up on it in me very quickly. And yet a lot of the information out there on Indigo’s doesn’t apply to me at all. The top ten list you provide maybe half at most apply to me… really who doesn’t like junk food regardless of if we eat it due to health concerns? And I can say for me I was never once thought to be labeled with high energy or ADHD as a kid. I guess I just feel like a lot of the info out there on Indigo’s is a bit distorted, or has maybe turned into a catch all to some degree for a certain type of person/child rather than being what it actually is. I do agree that maybe some of the ways we are evolving as people might be some of the causes for the spikes in autism/ADHD. And really who’s to say that an increase in sensory sensitivity and increased need for humanitarianism isn’t the consequence of that evolution and it’s getting labeled as autism/ADHD. I recently read an article (I wish I had the link to post here but I can’t find it now) that touched on how doctors are starting to notice a correlation between diagnosis of Autism and/or developmental delays in children who were conceived to other mothers that were older and/or using infertility treatments to conceive. And because of these factors we are altering the course of our evolution slightly.

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