by Craig R. Lang MS, CHt
from CraigRLang Website
Craig R. Lang is a
field investigator with Mutual UFO Network, and is a
certified clinical hypnotherapist with the National
Guild of Hypnotists. He lives in Brooklyn Center,
Minnesota, and conducts UFO and close encounter research
in the Twin Cities metro area of Minneapolis and Saint
Paul and in surrounding areas within Minnesota and
He can be reached by
The Minnesota MUFON
website can be reached at
In this article, we build a hypothesis that the current generation
of indigo children may be associated with the
Visitor/Close-Encounter phenomenon. I ask the whether this
generation might be influenced by transgenic changes, possibly from
the UFO abduction phenomenon, and back-inserted into the human
genetic makeup. Or is this simply the adoption by the children of
experiencer families, of “Awakening” memes from the parents?
Could this be the fostering of a new generation of
children with the empathic characteristics commonly ascribed to
hybrids, and to those who have experienced Spiritual Awakening?
might these be necessary, from the point of view of our cosmic
“neighbors” to prevent a warlike humanity from wreaking interstellar
I call this idea “The Indigo Hypothesis”.
In the last few years, as I have worked with greater numbers of
close encounter experiencers, I have informally noticed a pattern in
their family lines. David Jacobs in “The Threat” [i], and
Hopkins in “Intruders” [ii] both clearly state that the UFO
Abduction phenomenon is multi-generational in nature. David Jacobs
further says that in each family of UFO encounter experiencers, the
entire next generation of offspring may also be experiencers.
In my work with close encounter
experiencers, what seems to have emerged is that the
multigenerational characteristics of the phenomenon seem to
propagate down the maternal family line. I have informally noticed
the propagation of the phenomenon from grandmother, to mother, to
daughter, and so on…
Another thing that I have noticed is that many experiencers - and
especially in this generation, the children of experiencers - seem
to have a very gifted, and highly metaphysical nature – what I
describe as “Awakened”. Are these children some of those that are so
often called “The Indigo Children?” Is the Indigo phenomenon at
least partly associated with (deliberate or otherwise) the close
Let’s look at some of the
characteristics of indigo children, compare them with the
characteristics of experiencers, and note whether there are
resemblances. If there is a pattern, is this perhaps a sign of “The
Awakening [iii]”, which it has been suggested might be a goal of the
Visitor phenomenon? Alternatively, are these children simply
reflecting the ideas and mind-sets of their parents/families?
In the book “The Indigo Children” by Jan Tober and Lee Carroll, [iv]
and in the section by Wendy H. Chapman on The Indigo Children on the
www.metagifted.org, [v] the Indigo
children are described in detail as being deeply empathic,
visionary, intuitive, and having a deep sense of mission/purpose and
a thin veil between the physical and spiritual worlds.
These children [vi] [vii] are
intellectually gifted, resistant to authority and have a high degree
of PSI abilities. They often tend to have difficulties with the
mundane, non-creative aspects of life – such as much of the
Many of these same characteristics can also be ascribed to those
adults who are undergoing, or have undergone, an Awakening – either
as a result of the CE4 phenomenon, or some other source. In their
book “Healing Shattered Reality” [viii] Alice Bryant and
Linda Seebach discuss the Spiritual/Mental/Physical effects of the
Encounter Phenomenon on the experiencer. In “The Awakening” I
discussed many of the signs of spiritual awakening, and relate them
to the UFO/CE4 phenomenon. I ask whether the relationship is one of
cause/effect, or are they parallel phenomena, perhaps with a
synchronistic relationship between them?
Barbara Harris Whitfield in her book “Spiritual Awakenings” [ix]
describes the many signs and characteristics associated with such
awakenings. She describes many possible triggers for such an
experience: Near-Death-Experiences, Deep meditation and religious
experiences, UFO/CE4 encounters, and personal health crises, as well
many possible others. All of these seem to suggest that the
Awakening phenomenon is triggered by powerful changes in a person’s
life. Yet all of these changes seem to be spiritually-related. In
some way, a person seems to “bring something back” from the
experience that seems to be an extraordinary gift from “out there”.
For the newly Awakened, the signs of the phenomenon seem to include:
a sudden shift in perspective to a more spiritual/metaphysical
viewpoint; shifts in spiritual/religious views, beyond any one
religion, to encompass all religions and all people; and less
patience with the more petty aspects of human society, in the face
of the environmental and spiritual issues that our society faces.
But foremost for our purposes, is the
onset of psychic abilities and increased intuition. This seems to be
the key, as it affords the newly Awakened an avenue for increased
awareness and shift in perspective. As more than one experiencer has
said “It was as if my eyes were suddenly opened”. As they have
described to me, the Awakened seem to have more UFO sightings and
experiences, either as a cause, effect, or synchronistic
relationship with their other Awakening experiences.
and Indigo Children
What we also seem to notice as we look at the families of
experiencers is that the characteristics emerging in newly Awakened
adults seem to be already present in their children. As indicated
earlier, many close encounter experiencers describe their children
as Indigos. As an informal observation, I have noted a
disproportionately large number of such children among these
families. It is as if these children were born Awakened.
A friend of mine, who is an educator and frequently teaches classes
for gifted children, has observed that in her gifted classes there
is a very large population of children who match the psychic,
deeply-empathic, and deeply-intuitive description often attributed
to the indigo child. In other classes she teaches, which are not at
the gifted-children level, she notes that there are far fewer
children who match this description.
She also notes that many of the gifted
children seem to bear physical characteristics of experiencers,
specifically scoop marks (she has observed this on their face and
forehead though it has been noted that for experiencers such marks
are more typically located on ankles, etc.). This suggests that, as
the children of experiencer families, they may be continuing the
family-line relationship with the Visitor phenomenon.
Might there be a correlation between the Visitor experience and the
Could there be a “genetic agenda” to the
Visitor phenomenon which might result in an increased number of
We can understand more about the presumed genetic
agenda behind the phenomenon in several recent books by close
encounter researchers. In his “Watchers” [x] book series Raymond
Fowler describes how the UFO Abduction Phenomenon seems to be
guiding humanity throughout history, perhaps signifying such an
In “Sight Unseen” by Budd Hopkins and Carol Rainey, [xi] the authors
discuss the potential feasibility of transgenics, or gene
transplantation from one species to another. They describe possible
instances of apparently-human beings who exhibit strange alien-like
characteristics. Similarly in my article “Close Encounters of the
Third Kind in Our Everyday World” [xii] I describe similar cases of
apparently human beings, with extraordinary characteristics. Among
them are traits such as deep empathy, powerful intuition and psychic
ability. These are also characteristics described in the Indigo
In addition, the abduction accounts of many experiencers contain
procedures done to them, which seem to have fundamentally altered
their very makeup – as one described it, “right down to the cellular
level”. Could this be seen as a tampering with the very genetic
makeup of the experiencer? Could this perhaps be a back-insertion of
the results of the hybridization process into the genetic makeup, or
other fundamental characteristics, of the experiencer? Does such
technology yet exist to accomplish this?
What would be the motivation for such tampering with the human
What would an Extraterrestrial strategy [xiii]
[xiv] be towards humanity?
And why would external Visitors want to
change humanity in such a fundamental way?
A quick look at the
modern history of humanity provides some immediate clues:
Humanity is now on the verge of
developing interstellar flight [xv]. Advances in zero point
theory [xvi], the understanding of gravity, and other areas of
physics [xvii] suggest that within one hundred to two hundred
years, humans might well be out among the stars.
Humanity has developed the
capability for destruction on a planetary scale. We have
developed multi-megaton nuclear weapons, which we could
potentially [xviii] unleash in a global barrage, resulting in
multi-gigatons of explosive power unleashed into the planetary
environment. Thus, we have the capability of destroying the
entire ecosystem and civilization of our world - or by
extension, perhaps some other world as well.
In many ways, humanity is a
fundamentally warlike being. Our largest single industry is war
[xix]. During modern times, our history has been dominated by
such cataclysms as World War 1, World War 2, and uncountable
genocidal massacres. [xx]
Thus, from the perspective of those
presumed to be already-existing “out there” in the cosmic
neighborhood, we can ask “are these the types of folks we would want
coming out into the neighborhood?” In humanity’s current state of
consciousness and behavior, I suggest that the answer is “No”, even
though we may indeed be on the verge of star-flight.
If we are going
“there”, then it becomes vital to the neighbors that we somehow be
changed (tamed) in order to avoid universal catastrophe.
Requisite Visitor Technology
What remains to be established in our formulation of this hypothesis
is the technology via which genetic back-injection might take place.
Yet even here, known technology may be just over the horizon. While
humanity has not yet perfected the means to inject a new gene
pattern into the overall cellular makeup of a higher-order living
being, gene therapy [xxi] is an active area of research, and could
soon become a viable technology.
Furthermore not every cell of the body
would need to be modified; only the eggs or sperm of the parents.
Since it has been established that these can be extracted via
existing human technology, we can easily imagine technology for
re-insertion. Thus for the Visitors, back-insertion of modified
genes might be quite feasible.
CE4 Researchers may wish to examine UFO
Abduction accounts to see if indeed, such procedures and technology
This then, is what I call the “Indigo Hypothesis”:
That the genetic
changes fostered by the Visitors may actually begin to be found in
the general populace, in the new generation of humanity. We theorize
a back-injection of hybridization changes by the Visitors, into
experiencers for the purpose of integrating them into humanity as a
whole. A result is the emerging Indigo generation we see today. The
Indigo generation would thus be the manifestation of an effort by
“them” to breed into our species an awakened being.
We can suggest that as these children take their functional place in
society, we might see a more “awakened”,
less-environmentally-impacting, and more-peaceful conduct of human
affairs. In addition, we may begin to see a new humanity, more ready
for contact, and a resulting more-open manifestation of “them”, to
the general population of “us”.
As suggested earlier, perhaps there are other ways of viewing the
relationship of indigo children and experiencer families.
Nurture instead of Nature:
Indigo children are simply learning and adopting the views and
mannerisms of their parents, who may have adopted “new-age”
ideas, and/or have undergone a deep psychic/spiritual change.
Perhaps the propagation of “Awakening” down the family line is
the passing of memes [xxii], rather than genes.
No Correlation: Perhaps the Indigo Children reflect a more
global social phenomenon, which has no correlation with the
UFO/CE4 phenomenon. The Indigo Children might reflect either a
fundamental metaphysical phenomenon which we do not yet
understand, or a propagation of ideas as described in null
The purpose of a hypothesis is to serve as a tentative model, from
which we can derive testable predictions. So what would be a good
test of “The Indigo Hypothesis”? Here are some preliminary
Genetics: Might the genome of indigo
children show common markers, not present in non-indigos? If so,
what characteristics would these genes code for? If we didn’t
detect common but unique genetic markers among indigo children,
would this support one of the null hypotheses? [xxiii]
Genealogy: Does comparison of the
family lines of indigo children with those of experiencers show
a correlation? Are indigo children more often found in the
family lines of close encounter experiencers? If so, what does
this imply? If no strong correlation is found, then would null
hypothesis 2 be supported?
Psychic Abilities: Do Indigo
Children have greater psychic abilities? Perhaps this can be
tested via experiments such as those at the PEAR lab at
Princeton University [xxiv], which has been developing
scientific tests of ESP and non-local consciousness.
Effects on World Affairs: Observing
cultural, scientific and political events over the next ten-plus
years, as the current generation of Indigo-Children becomes
active in society. As this generation reaches a political-social
critical mass, what effect does this have on the politics of our
civilization? Is there a trend away from war and environmental
destruction? Is there an incorporation of intuition and
spirituality into mainstream society and politics?
Open Contact: As the above changes
take place, is there an increase in open, multi-witness UFO and
CE3 events over the next few years?
All of these tests, and others which I
have not yet thought of, might better establish the validity or
non-validity of this hypothesis.
If this hypothesis is true, then it suggests that the Visitors may
want us to grow and eventually join the cosmic community. To me this
In this idea I find a great sense of optimism. And at least in part, this is the core
of the idea which I call “The Indigo Hypothesis".
Notes and References
[i] David Jacobs, “The Threat”,
discusses the “dark side” aspects of a possible alien agenda.
[ii] Budd Hopkins, “Intruders”, discusses multi-generational
trends and a possible genetic agenda in UFO abduction.
[iii] “The Awakening”, by Craig R. Lang MS CHt, published 2002
in MUFON UFO Journal. Also found at
[iv] The Indigo Child phenomenon is defined in the book “The
Indigo Children” by Lee Carroll and Jan Tober their accompanying
[v] For further details on the Indigo child phenomenon, see the
“Indigo Children” section authored by Wendy H. Chapman on the
[vi] I have heard varying views stated as to whether the Indigo
children are a distinct group from other gifted children, and if
so, how this or other such groups would be distinguished. To
evaluate an “Indigo Hypothesis”, such a
distinguishing/classifying criterion would need to be
[vii] 2/10/2004 Note: Subsequent to the submission of this
article for publication, in correspondence with other
researchers, I have received comments back that there are now
one or more additional works describing gifted children. These
have varying degrees of (dis)agreement with the “Indigo
Children” work of Lee Carol, Jan Tober and Wendy Chapman. One
new work, by P.M.H. Atwater is entitled “The New Children and
Near Death Experiences”. [Her website is:
The reader needs to be aware that this field is new and
expanding, and is still ambiguous in many ways. Numerous models
and labels will likely continue to appear, along with
conflicting claims regarding the numbers and capabilities of
these children. One is cautioned to read each and every claim
with open minded discernment.
[viii] Bryant and Seebach “Healing Shattered Reality,
Understanding Contactee Trauma”:
[ix] Barbara Harris Whitfield, “Spiritual Awakenings”.
[x] Raymond Fowler, “The Andreasson Affair”, “The Andreasson
Affair, Phase 2”, “The Watchers”, “The Watchers II”, “The
[xi] Budd Hopkins and Carol Rainey: “Sight Unseen”
[xii] Human-Aliens: Close Encounters of the Third Kind In Our
Everyday World, by Craig R. Lang MS CHt. Published 2003 in
Minnesota MUFON Journal
[xiii] An excellent piece of speculation on “A Possible
Extraterrestrial Strategy for Earth” can be found in the book
“Alien Update” by Timothy Good.
[xiv] “Making Contact” edited by Bill Fawcett, discusses many
aspects of potential human – E.T. contact.
[xv] An excellent book on current concepts on possible
star-flight is “The Starflight Handbook” by Eugene F. Mallove
and Gregory L. Matloff. This book describes how starflight might
be accomplished with physics as we know it today. An excellent
site which covers many advanced space propulsion systems is the
Advanced Propulsion Concepts website
[xvi] One excellent paper on Zero-point physics is by Bernard
Haisch of the Society of Scientific Exploration: This article
can be found at:
[xvii] Another location on the internet with excellent articles
on physics, potentially leading to starflight, is Jack
[xviii] An assessment of future nuclear threats from the U.S.
Department of Defense can be found at:
[xix] Several reports can be found online showing the growing
level of resources devoted to military power:
[xx] A powerful summary of genocidal rampages in modern times
can be found at the website:
[xxi] American society for Gene Therapy website can be found at:
Therapy information on the Human Genome Project website can be
[xxii] An excellent discussion of memetics can be found in
Richard Brodie’s book “Virus of the Mind”
[xxiii] 2/10/2004 Note: In this article I was only considering
genetics as encoded within DNA of human cells. However, feedback
which I received subsequent to my submission of this article for
publication, asked whether there could be other means of human
morphogenic “blueprinting”, besides the genome encoded within
human DNA. Many healing traditions describe subtle or energy
bodies which guide development of the physical. From a western
perspective, these ideas must be taken as speculative, yet
perhaps at least in-principle provable. Thus, in addition to the
DNA genetics, traditionally accepted by biological science, we
could imagine these other means of encoding “indigo-ness” as
well. While these media still need to be extensively researched,
they may provide fruitful new areas of future investigation.
[xxiv] The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR)