Seeing Colors During Meditation: Purple (Indigo) and More

Am I Visualizing Energy Flow?

I’m writing this article in the hopes that others who experience the same phenomenon will connect to try to make sense of it: Why do I see colors — almost always purple (indigo) and gold-yellow — whenever I’m in a certain meditative state??? Let’s go into the details.

Seeing purple color during meditation
The colors I see when in a meditative state are purple and gold.

Seeing Purple Color… When?

What spurs me to see indigo and gold? It happens whenever I’m in a certain relaxed and connected state: sometimes during deep meditation, by the middle of a professional massage, during a very deep conversation, and always during acupuncture or reiki.

The Colors I See Move in a Specific Way

With my eyes closed, I can watch the purple and gold swirl and play. The direction and type of movement the colors do always reflects what’s happening with my energy.

An Example from Acupuncture Energy Work

The moment I realized that the colors moved with purpose was when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy and went to an acupuncture appointment to ease discomfort. As I lay on the table with the needles doing their work, I closed my eyes and wondered if the colors would come.

Indeed they did: Indigo and greenish gold popped up in blobs, bobbing and weaving. Then they began a distinct downward movement. I watched as the purple and yellow alternated pulsing downward, from my head towards my feet. This is what it looked like:

Seeing colors during meditation
The way the colors move mirrors the energy flow.

At the end of the half hour, my acupuncturist came back into the room and explained that the needles she’d placed were on the specific pressure points to move my energy from my head downwards, in order to prepare the flow for birth.

I was shocked: this confirmed that the flow I’d been distinctly seeing behind my eyes in color form mirrored the exact energy direction my acupuncturist had created — even though she hadn’t told me, or placed the idea in my mind. The colors were saying something and were moving with purpose. Whoa!

Seeing indigo color during meditation
It’s fascinating watching the colors play.

What Does Seeing Colors Mean?

Over the years I’ve been researching what this phenomenon could indicate. We’ve already discussed the direction they move mirroring energy flow, but what about color meanings?

Do Colors Mirror Chakras?

The day I did one of my first Reiki healing touch treatments on someone and suddenly saw the color RED, I realized that each person must have different energy colors. It was an odd moment seeing this new color — I was so used to always indigo and gold, that I though that’s all I’d ever visualize. It got me thinking about the meaning behind each color, and why some people might have more of one than another. The answer might be found in reading about body chakras.

Which Chakra is Purple or Indigo?

According to body chakra teaching, purple light correlates with either the 6th (Third Eye) or 7th (Crown) chakra at the top of the head or above the body. Both are about higher consciousness. Perhaps when I’m seeing purple, indigo, or violet, I’m tapping into the wider universe of human energy?

My guess is the color I’m seeing is more the 6th Chakra, because the 7th is both violet and white, and one day when I was doing Reiki on someone, I distinctly saw his white sparkling light, which was very different than my purple.

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What Do Yellow, Green, or Gold Light Mean?

Seeing purple light makes sense with chakra theory, but why would I also then also always see yellow-green? That color likely correlates with the 3rd (Solar Plexus) Chakra which is yellow, and maybe slightly with the 4th (Heart) Chakra which is green — both in the center of the body. The third chakra is about strength, confidence, and willpower, and the fourth about love and healing.

It’s interesting to me that my soul would select the colors purple and yellow, and always only these two — unless I’m doing Reiki on someone else. The one time I was able to generate different colors within myself was during my first Kundalini Reiki training years ago, during a group meditation. At that point I distinctly saw green and several other colors I hadn’t seen before, perhaps because of the powerful energy of others present in the room, and the high level of training of the Reiki master teaching us.

Seeing Colors During Meditation and YOU

I’m thankful to the wonders of digital art that I could finally draw and make tangible and visible what I see behind my eyes on a weekly basis, so perhaps I could find others who resonate with this experience, so we might make sense of it together. If any of this rings true for you, feel free to reach out in the comments section, or by the social media contacts below!

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24 thoughts on “Seeing Colors During Meditation: Purple (Indigo) and More”

  1. After a month of consistent meditation, I have began seeing purple and blue and for some reason visualize these colors “above me” from my head onward. I do feel like I am reaching a point of clarity in my life at the same time that these colors arrived

  2. Cool. I see blue. Like a cobalt blue color. Usually in a dot that moves and sometimes cycles out like a cyclone.

    Haven’t been able to find out why. Some people said it was called a blue pearl but didn’t elaborate on the real significance. Just said I was tapped into a higher state of meditation.

    It’s cool that yours followed the direction of that treatment. Fascinated by this.

    • So interesting that you and Stephanie both posted about blue color! I’m searching “blue pearl meditation” now and finding a whole world of energy analysis out there. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  3. I’m only just beginning with mindfulness meditation. I do see colors occasionally, though mine are usually blue and yellow. I had never puzzled out what that might mean. This is really fascinating!

  4. This is so interesting! I’m not sure if I’ve ever been relaxed enough to have this happen. But, a few years ago I was having ongoing problems getting to sleep, so I decided to try valerian tea. I did see swirling colors whenever I opened my eyes as I was trying to fall asleep. I was so disconcerted that I never tried the tea again – but maybe I WAS just relaxed!

    • It’s a very pleasing combination of hues. I’ve been noticing where I see the indigo-yellow combination out in the world, because when brands or artists use it, it makes me wonder if they also experience this phenomenon.

  5. Come to think of it, I don’t remember focusing or noticing or even aware of any color while meditating. I am usually concentrating on breathing and absorbing the energy in my environment. I also have a busy mind so maybe that is distracting me from colours…. Anyway, you are making me think I should try and be more aware of it next time I meditate…

    • I think we all have different areas of deep insight or superpowers. My spouse has an intense level of auditory processing, so when he meditates he doesn’t see things visually, but rather hears music and other beautiful and insightful things. Every person is unique!

  6. As I went through the article and the comments I am stunned. There was a time when i did meditation regularly and saw eyes, angry at first then slowly calm down. So much that the prefect asked me if I see eyes. Now I rarely meditate so your article is telling me to start regularly. Thanks

    • WOW! Thank you for sharing this mindfulness experience. I’m curious to hear what happens as you get back into meditation. Our bodies really have a way of healing and caring for us, sometimes in surprising ways.

  7. I struggle with debilitating anxiety and these color meditations help me tremendously, especially during a panic attack. Thank you for shedding light on this important issue. Our mental health is everything.

  8. I tend to see mainly purple, but also often the greenish gold you mention when doing breathwork and somatic practices. They swirl in a constant movement, like passing through veils and seem to be mostly emitting from the are of the third eye. If I let them be there, without consciously thinking about it too much, they tend to spread projecting outwards. I always thought its just my own perception, but reading your article I related very strongly to the experience you describe. I‘m super curious if this perception is related to visual perception or tapping deeper into neural networks inside the brain.


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