Significance of Melanin
The utilization of the term Melanin is most appropriate in the naming of the group and gathering that is called the Melanin Mixer. The Melanin Mixer defines a network of people that have come together in order to facilitate, build, expand and enhance ourselves culturally, personally and professional while also doing the same for the community as a whole. One could say that we have come together in order to build a healthy self and community.
Common knowledge tells us that melanin is responsible for the pigmentation of the skin. The truth is, however, that Melanin is a key component to maintaining a healthy organism. Melanin is a semiconductor; it is found in bodily regions where energy exchange is occurring. Its function can be likened unto the function of chlorophyll for a plant. Without chlorophyll there would be impaired conversion of carbon dioxide and water into oxygen and glucose.
Melanin is an organizing molecule. In fact one noted author, Carol Barnes, calls it the “Chemical Key to Black Greatness”. This exemplifies why Melanin is a most appropriate term to denote our group and objectives. Its function, as is ours, is to create a healthy organism.
We are organizing, exchanging information and ideas. We seek to optimize our energy and become much more efficient and productive. It is interesting to note that the melanin found in the brain, neuromelanin, may be more important to the function of the body than the melanin in the skin. The following statement from the book The Science and the Myth of Melanin by T. Owens Moore, Ph. D. speaks to the properties of melanin in the nervous system and we can clearly see how this correlates:
“…it [Melanin] helps to heighten mental awareness, it speeds reaction time, and it greatly enhances the capacity of the brain to transmit neural impulses.”
It is apparent that our Afrikan Ancestors of the Nile Valley were well informed about melanin and our complex nervous system. The locus coeruleus is the location for several dark melinated nerve cells. Coeruleus is an Indian Sanskrit word that is derived from the Ancient Ethiopian name, Celeno, which means black. Dr. Richard King, the author of the book Melanin: Key to Freedom, relates this to the Black Dot which is the doorway to the Amenta, the collective unconscious.
We also see the emphasis on the pineal gland as being the third eye in Nile Valley Spiritual Traditions. From a biological standpoint it is well understood that the pineal gland secrets melatonin. Melatonin is one of the most studied substances in the modern scientific community with several research studies, books and products relating to this neurohormone. It is accepted to be an effective antioxidant with anti-aging properties and it is being studied as an effective treatment for a host of degenerative conditions.
What is most interesting is how the melanocytes, which are specialized cells that release melanin, relate to the Ancient Egyptian term KA. The KA describes an aspect of the Spirit and it is represented by a hieroglyphic symbol showing two arms outreached in the form of lifting up or praising as shown below:
Likewise the body of the melanocyte resembles KA symbol. It is comprised of a nucleus and two arms extending. The two arms are the receiving points. Thus the two arms are extending towards RA (The Sun) to be bathed and activated by RA.
This becomes an even more significant symbolism when we consider the relationship between melanin and the dark matter of the universe. Dark Matter, which is just now being discovered by modern scientist, permeates the entire universe. What was once considered empty space is now acknowledged as being filled with this mysteries substance. Dark Matter is to the universe what melanin is to our bodies. As above, so below.
To summarize this brief write-up on the Significance of Melanin, I will conclude with two quotes from the book The Science & the Myth of Melanin:
Through the elaborate world of electromagnetism, our skin and nervous system link our internal melanin to the cosmic melanin to allow us to tune in with cosmic nature.
The dark matter of the universe and the blackness of melanin are the material planes that connect our mind and body to the spiritual world.
Primary references for this page
T. Owens Moore, Ph. D.
Dark Matters, Dark Secrets, Zamani Press, 2002
T. Owens Moore, Ph. D.
The Science & the Myth of Melanin: Dispelling the Rumors Exposing the Facts