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Who Are The Indigo Children?

Updated on June 1, 2012

by Christine B.

Indigo children are believed to possess unusual and paranormal psychic abilities and talents. They are thought to be empathic and able to communicate via telepathy with humans and animals. Indigo children are also in tune with the Universe and tend to be very close to nature.

The concept of the Indigo Child was developed in the 1970s originally by Nancy Ann Tappe and then by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll. Several books and movies have given this concept more credence.

A parapsychologist, Nancy Ann Tappe’s book, “Your Life Through Color,” which was published in 1982, Tappe reports noticing many children being born with an “indigo” aura. Lee Carroll and Jan Tober claim in their book, “The Indigo Children: The New Age Kids Have Arrived,” that indigo children have lived many lives and have therefore brought their higher talents with then into their present incarnation.

Children that exhibit far garter talents than what is normal for other children of their age are often labeled as Indigo Children. Most display amazing psychic abilities and they have vivid memories of their past lives.

There have been no scientific studies that have proven Indigo Children truly exist, however—none that have been published in a scientific journal, at any rate. Governments (Including in the U.S.) have had secret studies of these special children, but they don’t label them as “Indigo.” Within the CIA Remote Viewing program, code name Star Gate, there are a few reports that have been released via the Freedom of Information Act regarding a fifteen-year period that occurred inside China. These reports indicate that the Chinese government was “nurturing” the country’s top intuitive children. Scientists purportedly achieved amazing results from these children. A report detailing the 1979 research states:

"In the People's Republic of China (P.R.C.) over the last decade. From 1979 to 1982, research into ESP (and PK) among children swept through China. This study, under the name "exceptional functions of the human body" (EFFIB), gave rise to a sizable literature and to commitments, pro and con, among scientists.

References to the existence and application of psi phenomena are frequently found in the major books of ancient Chinese history dating back 2,000 years, there is also a present-day Chinese interest in such effects. The most recent scientific inquiries began in late 1978 when a group of scientists tested Tang Yu, a 12-year old boy in Sichuan Province, for his reported "Exceptional Functions of the Human Body" (EFHB), a widely used Chinese expression for extrasensory perception (ESP) and psychokinesis (PK)."

Do Indigo children actually exist? Take a look at these videos and then decide for yourself.

An ABC Interview with a family of Indigo Children:

Video of Indigo Child, Akiane—gifted artist and writer:

These are merely a few examples of Indigo Children in modern times, but Indigo Children have been around for hundreds of years. The label is recent, but children with outstanding and unexplainable talents could be found in every country during just about every era of history. Some notable examples would be:

Ludwig Van Beethoven--Able to play the piano and create entire symphonies at the age of four.

Karl Benz started at the scientifically oriented Lyzeum University at the age of nine and later founded the Mercedes-Benz automobile company.

William Cullen Bryant was published at 10 years old and at the age of 13 he published a book of political-satire poems.

Kathleen Holtz entered UCLA law school at 15 years old after entering college at the age of 10. She passed the California bar exam at 18 years old.

Tiger Woods was introduced to golf before the age of two. At the age of eight he won the 9–10 boys' event, the youngest age group available, and played with a score of 80. He won the Junior World Championships six times, including four consecutive wins from 1988 to 1991.

Bobby Fischer won the United States Chess Championship when he was 14 years old. At age 15 he achieved the title of Grandmaster, during the World-Championship-qualifications cycle and won title of World Chess Champion in 1972.

Pablo Picasso painted Picador when he was eight years old.

Victor Borge began playing the piano publicly at the age of 6 and he won a full scholarship to the Royal Danish Music Conservatory at age nine.

Yo-Yo Ma played the cello for audiences at age 5 (a very large instrument for a five-year old child!). He performed for President John F. Kennedy at 7 years old and at 8 made his first TV appearance.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart played the piano and wrote symphonies at age 5.

John von Neumann (1903–1957) was called a "mental calculator" at the age of six. He was also able to tell jokes in classical Greek at a very early age--(however, since not many people spoke classical Greek, most people didn't get them).

Doogie Houser....M.D. at the age of 16 -- just seeing if you are paying attention.

Touched by God, or aliens, or just having good memories of talents from past lives, Indigo Children are special individuals.


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    • Christine B. profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine B. 

      6 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Thanks, yoginijoy... for stopping by and for taking the time to comment and vote. :o)

    • yoginijoy profile image


      6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic, USA

      Yes, I have heard of Indigo children. It is a fascinating subject. Voting up and interesting.

    • vox vocis profile image


      6 years ago

      They have no idea! (Sigh...)

    • Christine B. profile imageAUTHOR

      Christine B. 

      6 years ago from Medina, Ohio

      Ha-Ha.... yeah, but I'll bet people don't pay as much for your paintings as they do his! :o)

    • vox vocis profile image


      6 years ago

      I don't know how Picasso ended up on the list - even I can paint better than he did lol. Interesting hub!


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