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What’s a Life Color, Anyway?

I’m often making references to Life Colors these days, so I’ve been thinking I should explain but hadn’t figured out where to start. This week a Facebook friend from Camborne, Cornwall, England, gave me the perfect opening.

I got myself in trouble, you see, by mentioning in a public conversation that someone was an “Indigo Life Color.” My friend leaped in and asked to know more. I tried to put her off to another source because I don’t do “readings,” but she’s such a delightful person, I relented. Here’s what happened:

[Popping up in a Facebook thread:]
Carole Atkins: I didn’t know that you can read auras Lianne, could I ask what you see in mine please? x

Lianne: Uh-oh, Carole. Busted! I don’t read auras, I can read Life Colors, but we usually use several methods: looking visually, written test, muscle test, and the individual’s own inner knowing to confirm. Here’s a really good website for more info, and one of our own “Life Color gurus”: * You can take her quiz there, and I’ll go look at your photos and see what I can see and I’ll post it on your page. (Indigos are pretty easy for me to spot, so [Susan] and [Sam] were easy to do “long-distance.”)
[* I sent her to Pamala Oslie, author of the books we use in our classes, Life Colors and Love Colors.]

Carole: A fun-loving Yellow!

Lianne: (a little while later on Carole’s FB wall): Who could miss that gorgeous Yellow Life Color? 😉 I just wanted to look over some photos to see if I could see it, but it radiates right out from your entire personality. If there’s a secondary color, I don’t see it from here. Of course, there is an ocean between us!

This is why you are always filling our lives with fun and love and laughter! [She posts the best and cutest and sometimes naughtiest jokes.] But you’re a very sensitive soul and probably FEEL energy and emotions physically, with the hands, in the stomach, etc. You’d rather not be in the room with negative energy, right? Or you avoid conflict if you can? Those would be Yellow traits. Remember, it’s up to you to confirm if I’m right or not. You also might need your alone or personal time to recharge, especially in nature. And are you good with your hands? Ever been a teacher or leader? (Maybe you should be – you’re good with people that way.) On the downside, Yellows sometimes have trouble with overdoing things, as in addictions used to numb that physical sensitivity.

Be sure to read about Yellow Life Colors at That’s the short version she’s posted online; I highly recommend her books if you can find them where you are. The descriptions are longer.

This study of Life Colors, which Joseph and I fell into by “accident,” has improved our lives so much, and our understanding of others, that we’ve even taught classes in how to see Life Colors for yourself. It’s a PHYSICAL, visible emanation of energy reflecting a person’s basic energetic frequency from the higher worlds down into our visible, third-dimensional spectrum. Not really hocus-pocus. It’s still a generality because we are all unique, but it is based on the science of energy. Hm, and Yellow Life Colors will “feel” more than “see” it. If you were here, I would muscle-test you to confirm what I see intuitively (I’m a Violet) and you would like that because it’s a touch thing. 🙂

Lianne P.S. This is also why you love music, fairies, and animals. You keep our hearts light!

[At that point, I didn’t remember that she’d become a Reiki practitioner, but that’s a wonderful Yellow Life Color occupation: hands-on healing.]

Carole Wow, thank you Lianne. That does sound like me. It quite surprised me, because my favourite colours are purple, violets, blues and deep green, which I thought indicated that I operated at those levels. But I will look into the colour yellow, you’ve got me interested x x x

Lianne Well, we always add colors to our auras and operate on those levels, too. So those are some of yours! I’m all Violet, but Joseph is a Yellow-Violet, so I often “add” Yellow when I’m around him. I add other colors, too — like Green when I am doing the bookkeeping (which is rare because I really don’t like it). It’s a fascinating study. I looked to see if I could find any of that Violet in your pictures and I didn’t, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t add it at other times. Plus, lots of Yellows add other colors to fit in and “behave,” as they were instructed to do as youngsters, because Yellow is very fun-loving and playful, and that can get them into trouble. 🙂 They often add a shade of Tan.

The Life Colors are the ones that never leave us. The added colors can leave us, but sometimes we add a color and it just stays because we added it for a purposeful reason in this lifetime, albeit unconsciously. Mothers often add Blue; or mothers of Indigo children will add Indigo. If you are a combined Life Color like Joseph, born that way, I can’t tell the second color from here, but it doesn’t mean it’s not there. This was just a guess! So don’t hold me to it! I’m still guessing when I say I’ll bet you add those colors you mentioned. I sense a bit of them when I read the things you post, mostly the blue-indigo-violet shades/personalities. But remember — the whole Rainbow is available to us all!

Oh, “adding” a color merely means taking on a frequency/personality for a time. You can do it consciously, but mostly we do it subconsciously and it goes away when we’re not around that other Life Color or when our purpose for doing it is finished. I hope this isn’t too confusing! Hard to explain from a distance.

Lianne again (after more consideration): Hm, yes, Blue wouldn’t surprise me. Could even be a second life color. Read about it and see what you think!

Carole Wow, Lianne, you are such an interesting lady. Bet your books are brilliant. Yes I was a scamp as a child, so that bit made me giggle and I still get into trouble!x x x

[When people call you “interesting,” you have to wonder if they mean good-weird or bad-weird. I’m pretty sure Carole meant good-weird here. 🙂 Some time passed and then she posted on my FB wall.]

Carole Lianne, just to say that I did the aura test and you will never believe it, but I am both yellow and indigo! So well done x x x

Lianne Was it the same score for each? I suspect you add it, or added it because of your son or daughter. Not to say anything about your age, but this Life Color didn’t start appearing on the planet until the 1980s. 🙂 Which is why Indigos are so fascinating to we Violets.

Carole  Lianne do you mean that my son Matthew who passed away would influence my aura? His passing, taught me to search, which is why I am deeply spiritual today.x x x

Lianne Your time with him, if he were an Indigo, would easily provide you with a habit to add Indigo to your aura while communicating with him, being with him, thinking of him, etc. I’ve energy-tested many Moms of Indigos and they all added Indigo to their auras in these situations, unconsciously. Otherwise, they’d never understand these children, who are so unlike other children of ages past. 🙂 Much more precocious, sensitive physically and emotionally, etc. etc. etc.


What this really means is not so much that you consciously “add” anything, but that you “tune” your antenna to that Indigo frequency and then you begin to radiate it out into what’s visible around you as a result of aligning yourself with it.

Remember, color is just an indication of frequency on the visible spectrum, like tuning up the dial of a radio in the old days. 🙂 That tuning up to the Indigo frequency can become a mental habit, and sure, it could remain with you today! Especially if your daughter is also an Indigo or has that as one of her life colors. (No, I can’t really tell from the pictures I saw, but it looks quite possible. You could have her take the test.) It’s very likely that you still retain that color for both reasons–you got used to it, and you associate with Indigos somewhere. I will say that, although I’m not a mom, I do add Indigo frequently, and especially if I talk to or think about someone who is of that frequency.

We are actually just little radios, sending and receiving, receiving from the Infinite and sending beacons back out, receiving from each other and bouncing wave forms back and forth. We tune our dials to whatever channels we want to receive and broadcast. 🙂 But we all have our basic Life Frequency, you could call it, and that’s what we most comfortably oscillate at. That’s what we came in with. I do love this subject, though! It fascinates me, and I still consider myself to be just learning the basics of it.

Lianne And yes, Indigo is a deeply and uniquely spiritual personality/color/​frequency. It is a primary feature of the Indigo life.

Carole I think my daughter Claire is an indigo, she is very special. ‘Little radios,’ that made me chuckle x x

[Of course it would; Yellow Life Colors laugh so easily! That’s why the planet needs them. But in fact, the planet needs every Life Color to fulfill our rainbow, no one more or less than another.]

* * * *

In classes we’ve taught, Joseph and I have led nearly a hundred people in the process of discovering their Life Colors. It’s not always a straight-forward proposition. We see so many different colors/energies in a person’s aura, having different functions and meanings, that determining which of those colors represent the Life Color(s) can be tricky!

Pamala Oslie’s quiz provides one piece of the puzzle. We also use personal interviews, muscle-testing, what we see visually and/or intuitively around the person, and the individual’s own inner knowing for confirmation.

Sometimes these resources provide different answers; especially when a person thinks of themselves one way, but actually their true Life Colors differ from the false image they’ve had of themselves. Often this is something they learned to be, or thought they should be, such as something a parent instilled in them that actually went against their grain, defying the personality they were born with. They’ve taken on this alternate persona/frequency, usually to please the people who mean most to them. And this added frequency shows up visibly as a color in their aura, an “added” color, but still it can dominate and suppress their natural expression.

These are the most fun cases to solve, because the self-discovery involved in learning about one’s Life Colors is usually a joyous and liberating event! Your basic life frequency, your true persona, is visibly apparent, even in the third dimension! (And I consider this practice for living in a higher dimension, where all is visible.)

Joseph and I sense Life Colors differently. We both can see them visibly because they are radiating in the visible spectrum of this dimension. (Part of our class teaches others how to see them, or at least gets everyone to try.) I also receive them through intuitive guidance, which directs my focus to particular colors. Joseph has developed muscle-tests to determine which colors are “added” and which are genuine, non-changing Life Colors. (You can consciously add a color, and consciously remove it. But you cannot remove your Life Colors; they reflect the real you, your true energy body which responds only to long-term, permanent evolutionary change and development.)

Yes, while using my intuition to see Life Colors, I have been flagged down by “others” oscillating in the individual’s aura. They seem as if they’re using the opportunity, while the person has opened their mind to higher concepts, to come in and let it be known that they’re still alive and well and very present! They flash their colors at me, and a little bit of questioning usually reveals their identity and association with our student. (Some of this happened with Carole; during our Facebook conversation, she felt someone come into her aura whom she described as a very loving and happy presence.)

In the past I’ve spotted the “gatekeepers” used by a spiritual medium, as well as parents, grandparents, and so on. But when I ask to please be directed to see the person’s Life Colors, they appear, close to the body and different from other flashes of light and color in the aura.

We taught ourselves about Life Colors after energy healer Donna Eden pronounced ours in a workshop we were taking, in a book she signed for us. We’d never heard of this before! So we did some research, reading Pamala Oslie’s Life Colors and Love Colors and listening to Donna’s “Life Colors” CD. We found an out-of-print book by one of the first intuitives to identify Life Colors, Nancy Ann Tappe, and we read books specifically about Indigo Life Colors.

Then we honed our sensitivity to Life Colors by standing on a balcony in a movie theater and trying to see them among the crowd below, comparing notes with each other. Practice really helped! (Indigos, by the way, invariably felt our probing and turned up to look at us. Always.) And we’ve continued our study and research among dozens of volunteers.

During this Soul Pursuit adventure, we discovered that Joseph had taken on his father’s Life Color (Logical Tan) at an early age, which made him very uncomfortable in his own skin. With this insight, he was able to let his own true colors shine, so to speak, and has been happier ever since! (He’s truly a Yellow/Violet combination.) I watched the visible colors around him change as he re-adapted to his own natural expression, and now he almost never adds that color/personality which wasn’t his to begin with. If he does, he knows how to consciously remove that energy/color. And it works!

In our classes and consultations, we’ve found people in entirely inappropriate fields of work, again from the influence of others. And we’ve solved a few mysteries here and there, such as why being around other people caused illness or exhaustion (typical of Crystals and Indigos), or why life-threatening adventure was like bread-and-butter to a few hearty souls (Oranges).

Yes, do try this yourself! But learn as much as you can before you go out to read others. Joseph tells people to look for light around people’s heads first, and to believe that it is not an optical illusion. He even uses this skill at work. Although those who can see auras more fully may see the Life Colors in a different way, we generally find them close to the body, like faint washes on a watercolor painting. Knowing someone’s Life Color can make all the difference in your relationships, if you’ve studied the human rainbow of personalities.

We highly recommend that you incorporate the study of Life Colors—your own and your loved ones’—into your toolbox of life. That’s why we call this one of our “Survival Skills for the 21st Century.”

But remember:
It’s not the color that creates the personality,
it’s the soul’s personality
reflecting through the energy body
that radiates out into the third dimension
as visible color.
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  1. HI Lianne! What a cool site and service you are sharing with people here! I love it! I continue to be honored and touched and appreciative of you referring to LIfe Colors and mentioning my name in your work. Thank you so much! I love what you and Joseph are doing with the aura colors. You’re both awesome and special! I’m happy to be a part of your lives. Keep up the great work! Love you lots! Pam Oslie

  2. So the “presence” you feel while we connect, it is other than Matthew, do you think? Matthew and his Teacher(s) maybe? Or one of your Teachers, or one of my “Cosmic CoAuthors” as I term them? Someone new to you? Please explain; I’m curious.

    Of course, it’s hard to be certain, but I thought I’d ask anyway just in case you know. They do have their own frequency signatures, so to speak.

    And thank you, again, Carole, for this joint effort! It wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t asked all the right questions. 🙂

    • Lianne, the presence that comes when you and I collaborate is extremely pure, no heaviness of Earth or humaness. If they were once human then they have been in Spirit a long time. Matthew he is different, he connects with my heart and enters different dimensions within me.x

    • Fascinating, Carole! Then you must be speaking of those at the level of my CoAuthors, where names and personal identities mean a lot less, although they have all passed through our level of development on their way up the spiritual ladder. They are our Wayshowers, to use an old term. One day, we could attain as they have. Meanwhile, we have them to thank for a lot of our highest insights and inspirations!

      Thanks for the clarification!

  3. That was wonderful, Lianne. Thank you so much for sharing this with me. Now this is uncanny, but the ‘presence’ that I felt the other day when you were doing the colour reading, returned a little while before you invited me to read this! ‘They’ know everything!’Matthew’ has been with me today as well, I sent pink light to him and we connected.x

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