Another in the "Fall of Atlantis" series, the painting captures the moment the crystal's destruction breached a hole in the earth's mantle, breaking the continent and ultimately causing its collapse into the sea.
The story of Atlantis is actually a very interesting one. Most of my life, I was a scientific rationalist who believed the Christian myth that we had only one shot at life and then went either to heaven or hell - a simplistic way of looking at things but very effective in altering the behavior of barbaric tribes. Let's face it - what we call civilizations in the past were just better organised forms of barbarism - brutal almost beyond our imagination to encompass nowadays.
I thought the whole past life phenomenon was a lot of baloney.
Anyway, I had a past life channeller do a reading for me one day. What she said was that Atlantis was all my fault. Although a shocking revelation, it appealed to my ego. She admitted she was new to this game and wasn't clear about how I was responsible but that was what her intuition was telling her. A year later I went to see deep-trance channeler Bart Smit and asked him about this. He said, yes she was young at this and didn't quite get it right but the story he told me was even more interesting.
Although it wasn't my fault, it was my crystal that started the cascade. I wasn't even present. I was part of a delegation sent as a peace initiative to the civilization we were at war with and had left the crystal in the hands of my trusted team. (I gather the crystals were ... controlled by a kind of technologically adept priest class.)
While I was gone, they betrayed my trust and agreed with the hawks in our military to ramp up the crystal to power our "Ultimate Weapon". The amount of power required was not within what we had established as safetly limits, yet they took the risk in order to crush our enemies and end the war.
The crystals in Atlantis were not the little bitty things we see nowadays. They were the size of small mountains. It took millions of years to create such a crytal so they were extremely rare - not more than a handful existed and the amount of power they could channel was vast. Needless to say, they overloaded the crystal and it somehow backfired into the earth, broke through the mantle and shattered the continent.
I haven't a clue whether any of this is "true", yet it explains certain aspects of my personality. All my life, I've never been able to trust myself with power or authority. I always thought that I would misuse it to the detriment of all. There is nothing in this life that explains that feeling - or the feeling that I could not trust anyone.
I learned about this connection to Atlantis months after the painting was completed.
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