Indigo children is a term which appeared in the 70’s and became fashionable in spiritual circles. The term was coined by Nancy Ann Tappe, a clairvoyant and synesthete who claimed to see colours around people. “Indigo” was considered by her to be some children’s “life colour”, which differs from the standard “aura” in that it does not appear to change throughout a person’s life. According to her, the indigo life colour indicated an avant-garde, future thinking personality.
Nancy Ann Tappe states that since the 1980s 95% of children being born had the indigo life colour. The term went on to be used by other authors, but it is nowadays generally agreed that indigo children are much fewer in number than previously suggested. The consensus of most indigo children nowadays is that they make up approximately 0.1% of the world’s population, a figure that is presented in the popular channelled text “The Law of One”, where indigo children are referred to as “Wanderers”.
In 1999, a book called “The Indigo Children” by Lee Carrol and Jan Tober collected new information on indigos from various authors. A notable part of this book included a channelling of an entity called Kryon, which listed the traits for indigo children; these are the traits most commonly cited today. Among them are rebelliousness, loner-hood, impatience, high sensitivity, intolerance for meaningless systems and a sense of not being “from here”. Though critics have said that these traits are too vague to be a proper scientific classification, the information has had a powerful effect on many, changing the way teachers and parents deal with certain individuals and radically improving the self understanding of indigo children themselves.
One major characteristic of the indigo children is a high level of intuition – often reaching the point of psychic abilities – for which the indigo children have often been referred to simply as “psychic children”. Those indigo children who train as psychic consultants or psychic mediums find themselves to be naturally talented at the work, and in general indigo children have a great affinity with spiritual work in general. For this reason they have been considered to be a possible next stage in evolution for humanity; a progression from the intellectual stage which surfaced in the renaissance, into a more intuitively and spiritually centred mode of being. Celebrated psychic Edgar Cayce made a prediction in the beginning of the 20th century of the coming of this new stage in evolution, calling them the “5th Root Race”. Other terms for what appear to be the indigo children have appeared in various texts, including Children of the Blue Ray (Scallion), Children of Oz (Twyman), The Golden Ones (Chapman), and the Wanderers (Rueckert, Elkins & McCarty).
Related terms include: “gifted children”, which describes children from a scientific perspective rather than a spiritual one but seems to list very similar traits, “starseeds” or “star children” which is a word for children whose soul is considered to have originated from other planets (all indigos are starseeds but not all starseeds are indigos), and “crystal children” and “rainbow children”, the two stages in evolution which are believed to come after indigo.