Workshops in endopathy, own approach in healing, individuals and groups, all ages; Creative writing and poetry healing to resocialize individuals/families/groups. Excellent results with depression due to abuse.
From April 1997
Started out as TAALKREATIEF: AFRIKAANS with Helena Liebenberg. After she left for Cape Town, the initiative gradually became globally connected through various publications and projects, so the name changed to KREATIV SA to accommodate the international vision of expanding my approach in healing, called ENDOPATHY.
From March 1996
I developed my own approach in healing, called ENDOPATHY. It was derived from Danté's statement that one cannot paint a flower if you do not become a flower. In much the same way one cannot counsel a client if you do not "become" that client and truly feel his or her pain. I apply this approach by using creative writing as a vehicle.
Several KREATIV-publications based on the product of endopathy workshops and creative healing have seen the light over the last decade.
Creative Healing: the approach of the Meta-therapist
Creative healing with words: Endopathy as a therapeutic alternative
Article in the GEORGE HERALD, June 19, 2008
For the last two years Myra Lochner, a local writer and counselor who guides participants through art therapy, embarked on a journey of collaboration together with her academic friend professor Frans Bezuidenhout.
A merge between Myra’s very unique model of ‘endopathy’ and Frans’s model of ‘self-relational discovery’ are currently been used internationally as a tool to assist individuals with understanding and enhancing themselves - contributing to both their own and the lives of others.
What is endopathy?
In a nutshell, endopathy refers to both the "inside" (from the Greek borrowed prefix endo) and a feeling of strong emotion for the suffering of disposition of others (through the affix pathy).
"In essence, it refers to a desire to relieve souls from their burdens, but never taking control over the life of another. It implies that the healer and receiver move onto a common level of sensoric nearness," explains prof Bezuidenhout in the postscript of Myra’s book Patchwork People.
In his description of the difference between endopathy and empathy, Bezuidenhout refers to endopathy as "a step further, as it requires that individuals first cleanse their souls before being able to enter within the soul of another.
"It also requires honesty and openness with the self, allowing individuals to take responsibility for ownership of their life, before enabling others to journey this path." (Lochner, One Small Candle Lit, postscript by Bezuidenhout).
But what does this all mean in practice?
Myra invited me to participate in one of her workshops where the essence of endopathy is explored through poetic expression.
Working through the pain
Most of the participants at the workshop have experienced some kind of loss which has not yet been fully dealt with. Each are there in their own accord, but with a shared consciousness, linked to memories, experiences and grief.
Myra took us on a journey recalling any memory, deep or fleeting, from our total existence since childhood. We sucked strawberry flavoured sweets, touched fluffy toys and inhaled perfumed cotton wool, jotting down any memory in the form of a word, phrase or sentence that sprung to mind through all of the above exercises.
"In this way a vast spectrum of emotions may be opened up by intuition, transcending the cognitive and even the experiences from which they sprout.
Feelings like anger, fear, guilt and sorrow, may be expressed in order to arrive at the wondrous surprises held by the rediscovery of love, hope and faith," Myra explains in the foreword of her book Patchwork People.
Through a combination of ... individual memories, we wrote a poem - guided by Myra - about loss, grieving and finding hope again.
No one there perceived themselves as writers or poets, no one expected to be able to make a worthwhile contribution. But the feeling of mutual understanding and expression through words wove total strangers together with the silky strings of a spider web, covered with pearly dewdrops, quivering in life’s wind.
Healing through creation, exploring the power of words and the process of spiritual growth - together we understand ourselves so much better.
Journalist: George Herald
(Posted in order to let the reader understand the immediacy of healing within the spiritual realm, relating to all of the senses simultaneously. Myra)
KREATIV SA published more than 70 national and international books over the past decade.
Editor and Niche Publisher
I assist writers in publishing their work in the shortest possible time, and also teach them about marketing their work to the full benefit of themselves and society.
Motivational Speaker at functions of Businesses and Organizations, e.g. Business and Professional Women's Club; Jong Dames Dinamiek; Retirement Villages (e.g. Serenitas, Somerset West), Schools.
Workshops in Self-actualization; Re-socialization; Slogans and Marketing of Entrepreneurs; Self-discipline and discipline in schools/organizations; Purpose-driven Life; Creative Writing; Self-publication; MyrArt; Enhancing full potential of businesses or individuals; Group Dynamics in Businesses and Reassessment of Aims and Successes; Linking and promoting artists and businesses.
Qualifications & Certifications
BA Social Work
University of Port Elizabeth, South Africa
BA Social Work
University of Port Elizabeth