Doug Van Houten
Conversation #3: "Tracking Soul:
Becoming an Apprentice to the Mysteries"
"Having a mystical relationship with the world is an absolute need. Entering the mysteries of nature and psyche is a mystical relationship where your psyche is also in communication with what you could say, is the world psyche. And you hear something whispered in your ear and you live that into the world. It’s not the strategic mind that comes up with that."
- Doug Van Houten
(Picture: "Birthing a Vision" by Doug Van Houten)
Doug Van Houten draws on the wisdom of the natural world, depth-psychology, eco-psychology, dreams, somatic knowing, poetry, and many soul furthering practices that includes: The Way of Council, vision fasting, shadow work, symbolic artwork, trance dancing and conversations with the more than human world. Doug’s true calling in life is to support others as they uncover their own unique gifts and in so doing, transform their lives in service to what Thomas Berry called ”The Great Work” of our times. Doug is also an ardent beekeeper, a visual artist, a wily wanderer, a dream tracker, an emergent ceremonialist, a heart-centered activist, and a yoga instructor interested in new forms of somatic practice.
In this interview, Doug takes us through the awe-inspiring and harrowing journey of the Descent to Soul, and the pathways that have been tracked through his experience as a Soul-guide with Animas Valley that provide a deep structure and map for becoming true adults in modern western culture.
Themes: The Initiatory Descent to Soul ● True Adulthood ● Cultivating the Four Facets of Wholeness ● Nature-based Soul-work