Indigo Awakening: A Doctor's Memoir of Forging an Authentic Life in a Turbulent World


Dr. Janine Talty, today a successful osteopathic physician, as a child found herself bewildered by a world full of challenges that she could not understand. She felt isolated, unable to cope with the regular life issues that other children managed easily. She could not comprehend math or spelling-yet she could see energies that others could not see, and had levels of awareness than no-one around her possessed. She exhibited unusual artistic and healing talent. She spontaneously remembered and drew pictures from ...
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Dr. Janine Talty, today a successful osteopathic physician, as a child found herself bewildered by a world full of challenges that she could not understand. She felt isolated, unable to cope with the regular life issues that other children managed easily. She could not comprehend math or spelling-yet she could see energies that others could not see, and had levels of awareness than no-one around her possessed. She exhibited unusual artistic and healing talent. She spontaneously remembered and drew pictures from "old memories" of places her family had never visited. Only as she grew into adulthood, painfully learning to cope with her challenges, did she realize she was an "indigo," one of a generation of people with unusual talents and abilities, yet who rarely fit neatly into societal roles.This book is the inspiring story of how she overcomes these challenges, finds her voice and identity, and discovers a channel for her healing abilities as an osteopathic physician.

"Reader Views Award" Best Body/Mind/Spirit Book 2010.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600700637
  • Publisher: Elite Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 985,304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Janine Talty, D.O., M.P.H. Is board certified in Family Medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. She specializes in clinical biomechanics, orthopedic medicine, and Osteopathic manipulative medicine. She holds two masters degrees. The first is in the field of Public Health, double majoring in Health Resources Management and Community Health Science, from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health. The second is in Clinical Biomechanics, from Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr Talty attended medical school at Des Moines University and completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine and fellowship in Clinical Biomechanics at Michigan State University. She is the medical director of the Wellness and Rehabilitation Center in Watsonville California and is an assistant clinical professor in the department of Manual Medicine at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing Michigan. Her practice focuses on diagnosing and treating musculoskeletal diagnostic dilemmas of the spine and extremities, sports medicine, pain management, prolotherapy, Lyme disease and natural hormone balance for women and men. She is the author of Indigo Awakening (Elite Books, 2009). What makes her uniquely qualified to write a book on the lesser known phenomenon of the Indigo person, is that she is one.
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  • Posted July 19, 2011


    I just finished reading your book this morning. I don't even know what to say. Parts of it felt like my own autobiography. The way you described the challenges you had reading out loud, that's always how I explained my problems. To this day I have problems reading out loud, I still skip over words and add words and have problems with pronunciation. Things that sound right in my brain when I say them to myself never come out that way from my mouth.

    When you were talking about feeling different and like you didn't belong anywhere.... wow. That was pretty much my entire school career, even into college. In high school, I didn't even fit in the with "freaks", in college I felt like even though I was part of group, identifying as queer and playing rugby, I was always always on the outside of it. I never felt like I just fit into a certain place.

    Then when you started talking about "old memories", I remembered that in elementary school I used to have like these vivid nightmares that didn't just happen at night about running from a volcano and wars. When I told my aunt about them, she told me that I needed to stop watching horror movies. The thing is, they felt very real. I haven't had something like that happen since I was a kid though. I think I just got too wrapped up in this world and taking care of my dad and sister.

    Little things too, like your love for animals, especially horses. I loved horses as a kid. All I ever wanted was riding lessons. My room was littered with horse posters and horse statues. That changed too though. When I was living with my stepmom who had a horse. She used to take me to the stables with her, but I was never allowed to do anything with the horses, I was not even allowed to pet her horse. I was forced to just sit on a hard chair and watch her clean and ride her horse. I can't remember ever even being able to ride one. That love just kinda faded away too.

    Other parts of your book felt almost like a road map. I've always wanted to participate in a triathlon, I've always wanted to write a book myself, I've always wanted to push my body past it's limit. And I've always felt that I was here for some reason I couldn't define or explain.

    I can't explain what your book has done to me. I feel like my eyes have been opened to a new world of possibilities. I feel a strange sense of communion with you and an even stranger (and lovely) sense of peace within myself. There is so much more I want to learn from you. So much more I want to discuss.

    I just want to say thank you thank you thank you.

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  • Posted August 25, 2009

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    Definitely Not For The Unenlightened...

    As a child, Janine was always made to feel different. For a variety of reasons, her teachers and schoolmates would regularly single her out, leading her to believe that there was something about her that kept her from fitting in with others...little did she know, they were right - just not for the reasons that she suspected...

    It wasn't until Janine grew older that she underwent a literal "awakening" as her mind, body, and spirit quickly evolved to the point where she finally realized just why she always felt so different from others: she was an indigo, a specially enlightened soul, and the purpose of her existence - and of numerous others just like her - was to serve as a conduit of knowledge, wisdom, and enlightenment for the entire world. Moreover, as human civilization neared one of the most significant junctures in its long, fabled history, the collective success of the indigo mission was even more critical if mankind were to be spared unnecessary pain and prolonged strife in the years to come...

    Throughout the pages of Indigo Awakening, Dr. Janine Talty takes the reader on an insightful journey through what has been a thoroughly interesting life lived thus far. Going as far back as her eventful birth, Dr. Talty outlines the decidedly non-linear route that her life has taken along the road to ultimate self-actualization. Furthermore, she provides you with comprehensive information regarding the nature of indigos, their history, and the significance of their influence in shaping human thought, emotion, and behavior.

    A thought-provoking, well-written memoir, Indigo Awakening is sure to expand the limits of your perception of what reality truly is - but only if you let it...definitely not for the unenlightened.

    Dominique Sessons
    Apex Reviews

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  • Posted July 23, 2009

    Indigo Awakening

    Indigo Awakening is the story of Dr. Janine Talty's difficult struggle with being different. This book opens with the author, Janine, telling the reader about her early school life. She was placed into special education because she couldn't comprehend reading or math. She knew she didn't fit with the other kids because she was more creative and imaginative. Janine expressed herself through art, because it made sense to her. She demanded to be tested for dyslexia after seeing a news report. When her parents got her tested, they found out she had an abnormally high IQ, as well as dyslexia. Her parents then transferred her to the local catholic school because the classes were smaller and Janine could get more individualized attention. Switching to the private school had helped, but she was still not sure she could even go to college. After many injurieds, Janine decided that she wanted to be a doctor. After moving to the Midwest, she started many different medical programs, until she finally settled on going to Michigan State University in Lansing. After both she and her husband finished medical school, they moved back to California. Janine's struggles continue until she realized that she was an Indigo.

    For those of you who don't know what an "Indigo" is, Janine uses the words of Kyron in her epilogue. Indigo's have a "feeling of royalty and a sense they deserve to be here. Their self-worth is healthily intact, and often tell their parents 'who they are.' They have difficulty with authority and will not do certain things such as waiting in line. They get frustrated with ritually oriented systems that don't require creative thought. They have an innate ability to see a better way to do things. They are 'system busters.' They often feel misunderstood by other who are not of the same consciousness and seem antisocial unless other like them are around. They often have difficulty fitting in and school is often difficult for them socially" (311). There is also a quiz in the appendix which will help you determine if you are an Indigo.

    Indigo Awakening was such a great story. It was definitely a memoir that I enjoyed. Some parts were difficult to read because of how she is treated as a young child. No one should be treated so horribly. The story is relatable to anyone, who has felt different, either because they don't fit in or just express themselves in more creative ways. If you suspect that you or someone you know is an Indigo, this is a must read.

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    Posted August 29, 2009

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