Hands up if you like animals?
There are so many studies citing the benefits of our furry friends. Anyone who has ever had a pet will know how amazing they are and how much they can impact. But, for some people animals have a special kind of magic touch.
Ollie Neveu supports the animals in their purpose by sharing their wisdom through writing, speaking and mentoring. According to her, animals hold us in unconditional love so that we may hold it for ourselves.
Ollie is here to validate your sacred relationship with the natural world. To guide you as you reconnect to animals, and the essence of who you truly are.
Intrigued? Me too.
Meet Ollie Neveu.
Writer, Artist, Fur Mama
How has your own personal journey influenced your work and life choices?
My work is a reflection of my personal journey. I share my experiences through my work, to help those who find themselves on a similar path to where I have been before. On Valentine’s Day 2012 I suffered from an emotional and physical breakdown. I had ignored my body and my heart for so long, that my body had to take drastic action to get my attention. And it worked. I ended up quitting my job as an accountant, adopted a dog, moved to the country and started uncovering the real me – who had been hidden for so long , I had almost forgot she existed. I reopened my heart to animals and the sacred connection we share. I now partner with animals to share their messages of wisdom to the world, their teachings of unconditional love and their medicine for our wild souls that have been caged by this harsh modern world we live in.
A guiding paw on your path to happiness.
What approach do you take to helping others?
I try to live life with the most kindness and compassion that I can. Every day I am making choices not to harm. Whether it’s choosing to put delicious vegan food on my plate five times a day, to holding animal healing circles or choosing to buy clothing from companies with ethical supply chains or go second hand – everyday I try to act with as much compassion as I can, that includes towards myself too. Kindness goes a long way to helping ourselves, the animals, the planet and our fellow humankind. There are no others.
Tell us about the key challenges you see facing people today?
Let’s be honest, humans are a bit of a mess. We claim to be the superior species on the planet, yet we are the only ones to systematically destroy our own habitat. We pride ourselves on our intelligence, yet we fight senseless wars amongst ourselves over imaginary lines in the sand. Our technical mastery has taken us to every corner of the earth and beyond, yet we have not been able to master the one thing we truly seek. Peace.
I see many highly sensitive, smart and creative millennial women who are ignoring their hearts, in order to tick all the boxes to achieve society’s idea of success. With their soul being confined to fit others expectations, their Insta-worthy life feels more like a gilded cage to them. Behind the scenes their health, relationships and sanity are crumbling. These women know they can’t continue living this inauthentic way, but don’t have the courage to break free.
But I have hope for us. The answers to the peace we are all seeking have been there all along. Under our noses. Eyeing up that sandwich we’re eating. Animals are our furry saviours and will show us the way back to the peaceful existence our souls once knew.
You run an Animal Healing Circle, what does that involve?
Twice a month on a Wednesday evening (GMT) I facilitate a virtual Animal Healing Circle through the magic of Google Hangouts!! I guide participants through a meditative journey where we connect to the healing energies of the planet and the universe, and channel that out to those animals who need it most. There is a list of the names of ill or injured animals who we direct love and healing to, as well as the collective soul of all animals, and our planet itself. It is an open space for those who want to join in, and leaves participants with a great feeling of peace and connection to animals afterwards. A lot of my work is around sharing the wisdom of animals, and calling on their teachings to help guide us – so I see this Animal Healing Circle as a wonderful way for us to give back to them.
Do you have any animals yourself? If so, tell us more…
I do. I currently am fur mama to a 13 year old cat named Ratty, and an 11 year old rescue greyhound Neve (aka Guru Dog Neve). Neve was really a catalyst for me getting into this work. After suffering from an emotional and physical breakdown in 2012, from ignoring my heart and pursuing someone else’s idea of success for too long – I was left depleted and defeated. The only thing that could bring life into my life during this time was watching Youtube videos of pugs (true story).
Pugs were my gateway drug into the world of dogs. They showed me that dogs are full of joy, cuddly and amazing companions. It was because of pugs that I knew wanted to adopt a dog of my own, to help me experience more joy. Which is how my beautiful rescue greyhound Neve (aka Guru Dog) came into my life.
Neve had been at the shelter for 9 months before we adopted her. She had been taken in with 14 other greyhounds from a retired trainer. The first 7 years of her life were spent locked away in a dirty and stark cage. Her only respite was the hour a day she got to play in the field. She didn’t have a name, but was collectively known as one of the ‘Nasty Girls’ – her and her two sisters had some bitter sibling rivalry. Her mega-bitch attitude was a reflection of the neglectful circumstances she was in – and thankfully once she arrived at the shelter, she was showered in love and her true sweetness shone through.
Neve and I met the day after I quit my job as an accountant. We set off on a new life together, free of our respective cages (hers metal, mine mental) and started learning what it was like to live from our hearts. In 2014 we followed our freshly opened hearts (seemingly on a whim) to move from New Zealand to London (along with the husband and Ratty cat). One month before we moved I had a dream about a book called My Dog My Guru – and so it all began
What advice would you give to anyone wanting to turn scarcity thinking into abundance thinking?
Oh goodness, I’ve fallen into the scarcity thinking trap many time – which for me manifests in taking everything so seriously. I freak out that there is only one chance, one opportunity, one slice of (vegan gf) cake left, and I go into super serious Type A overachieving mode. Scarcity thinking sees this one opportunity as the ONLY opportunity. Once it is gone, it’s gone (no more cake!). Screw up, game’s over. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Here are my tips to get out of scarcity and start dwelling in an abundant state of being:
1- Gratitude: Firstly, be grateful for everything amazing that you already have/experienced/do in your life. This energy sends out a signal of abundance rather thank lack to the universe. You’re saying ” yes please – more of this!”
2- Raise your vibration: Start practising meditation daily to lift your vibration, and open yourself up to co-creating to the universe.
3 – Ask for what you want: Ask for a feeling, not a thing. If you’ve done Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map work, what you want is to feel your core desired feelings. If you haven’t done this work, ‘happiness’ or ‘love’ are pretty good ones.
4- Trust: Trust that when you and the universe are co-creating that you will be given exactly what you need. And know that sometimes the universe has a better plan for you. So if one opportunity falls through, know that an even better one is coming.
5 – Laugh: Silliness, play and laughter is the perfect antidote to serious thinking. So go jump in a puddle, play with a furry guru or have a dance party in your living room and let it go.
When we get out of scarcity thinking, co-create with the universe and trust that we shall receive this or something greater – then there is no reason to be serious anymore. And we can start to switch of focus to fun!
What were your highlights of 2015?
I think my highlights of 2015 was going back home to New Zealand for the first time since I moved away (beach and family!), and realising that I’ve really find a tribe of supportive, strong, like-minded women here in London. Which only took my whole life. I was always a bit of an outsider, never really fitting in and not entirely understood (by my peers or even myself). It wasn’t until I started listening to my heart and reconnecting with my true self that I was able to find my people, and finally feel included (yay!).
What’s next for you, what are your intentions for 2016?
My intentions for 2016 are to really step into my destiny with courage and strength. I’m working with clients more – both in supporting their own transformational healing journeys, and healing services for their animal friends. My book will be emerging into the world either later this year or 2017. And we’re packing up, moving out of London and out to the countryside where my heart longs to be.
What does Holistic living mean to you?
Holistic living to me means making conscious choices throughout the day to listen to my heart, to do what it craves most. To recognise my body, soul and mind as intertwined and interconnected. To let the wild essence of my soul re-emerge and live in tune with nature.
What is your message to cynics, sceptics, and the intrigued?
There is a wonderful Native American proverb which sums it up nicely for me.
Every animal knows more than you do.
Finally, what are your top five tips for self-love?
- Listen to your heart
- Spend time in nature
- Say kind words to yourself
- Do whatever you want, so long as you’re not hurting anyone, screw the haters.
- Help those who are in need (love for others is love for self)
When an animal brings you a feeling of joy, peace or L O V E, they are sharing with you what you have forgotten. It is an invitation to remember who you truly are. I am joy. I am peace. I am stillness. I am love.