Hello Everyone! The interviews for our book continue and today, I am sharing a part of an interview with a dryad that my sister Susan and I affectionately call Grandmother.
Shortly after I moved into my house, I noticed the stump of a tree the previous owners had cut down in the backyard. Three healthy shoots were growing from it, working so hard to survive that I immediately wanted to give the tree a chance to regrow if it could. That chance was all Grandmother needed to grow and grow she did. Today, twenty years later, she is a healthy and magnificent mulberry tree.
Over the years, Grandmother and I have shared many conversations but the one you are about the read is the result of my sister Susan directly channeling her.
Susan found the experience of channeling a dryad to be completely different from the many fae beings she has channeled for our upcoming book. As Grandmother came into her body, Susan felt a strong pulsing in her fingers which spread throughout her entire body along with a new awareness. Here’s what Susan had to say about the experience:
Now, I really understand what a tree is. I could feel the veins, the sap that runs through the tree, the leaves that are growing, how she bends with the wind, I could feel it all. My entire body was alive and electrified. I was sensing everything at once. It’s nothing like I’ve ever felt before.
Below, you will find an excerpt of our interview with Grandmother, the dryad. I hope you enjoy it!
NL: Welcome! This must be a new experience for you.
Grandmother: Yes, this is the first time I have tried this.
NL: Is it hard to speak through Susan? I know you speak telepathically because I’ve talked with you that way.
Grandmother: Yes, many times we have spoken but this is like I’ve taken my spirit and I have stretched it all the way over here and moved into her body. Parts of me are still back at the tree.
NL: Before we go any further, I was wondering what name you would like me to call you.
Grandmother: You call me grandmother. I love that name.
NL: I’m really glad because that’s who you are to me.
Can you tell me how you became part of the tree you are living in? That particular tree was cut down before I bought this house.
Grandmother: Yes, I was cut down and thought of as a weed but I was still there. They (the former owners) didn’t understand that I was a tree, that I was this great and glorious tree so I persisted and I stayed.
NL: Then, it’s possible for you to survive in a cut down state.
Grandmother: It depends on whether the tree roots are deep enough to sustain the tree’s life and whether my spirit is strong enough to withstand something like that.
(She exhales) That’s so strange, she (Susan) has air coming out of her.
NL: I know, that’s how human bodies are. She’s breathing and she must breathe to stay alive.
Grandmother: It’s the most incredible thing!
NL: It will probably be something you remember for a very long time.
Grandmother: Yes, I’ll be telling the squirrels about it .
NL: When you were cut down and then eventually allowed to grow, did you put a lot of effort into growing?
Grandmother: I was very thankful and yes, I thought, “Well, now I have my chance. I’m going to work on growing and stretching.” (She raises her arms in the air, and talks in a singsong voice) Growing and growing and stretching to the sun and the sky. Stretch and stretch and grow and spread the spirit through the branches of my tree. That’s how we are, we are out there.
NL: Are there ever any trees without dryads?
Grandmother: Just the dead or dying trees. Sometimes, if we know the tree is dying, we leave even before the tree dies, we let go.
NL: Are dryads eternal?
Grandmother: I am eternal, I am always. I will never die.
NL: Then, if a tree you are in dies, you must move to another one.
Grandmother: Yes, that’s right. Basically, when you cut down a tree, you are rehoming a dryad, you are kicking him/her out of his house.
NL: So, looking to the far future when the tree you are living in now is no longer alive, what will happen?
Grandmother: I will leave it. I will blow on the wind and look for another tree that fits my nature.
NL: When a tree has come down, is taken down or some human needs to make a road, does it make you sad or do you just consider it part of life?
Grandmother: It’s still a sad thing because they were there for a very long time and now they have to leave.
It makes us angry too, sometimes, when we have to leave. We wonder, “Who are you to say that we have to leave? We will stand here longer than you will exist! How can this one little being come by and say that I can’t be here? How dare they say that!”
NL: I understand why you would feel that way, it is sad.
Sometimes, those who want to be close to nature are often ridiculed for hugging trees, they’re even called “tree huggers” as if it’s a bad or weird thing to do.
Grandmother: Oh no, that’s not a bad thing at all, we enjoy it and we get to connect with them completely that way.
NL: So you are saying that there is a real, legitimate reason for hugging a tree. Not only for you but humans definitely get something back as well.
Grandmother: That is absolutely true.
NL: What do you think about humanity other than the fact that they don’t generally recognize your existence and tend to place their interests and importance above yours and many other living things?
Grandmother: Well, a lot of humans are asleep and we sleep sometimes in the wintertime so we understand sleep. But, even though humans walk around and appear to be awake, most are asleep to the parts of them that connects them to everything else.
We are all interconnected but many humans pull in their feelers, they don’t want to root out at all. They are pulled in and, because of that, they are blind to what’s really around them.
NL: Unfortunately, that results in a very limited perspective.
Grandmother: Yes, sadly, but of course, I’m speaking from a tree’s point of view. (In a singsong voice) I’m out there and I feel and I sway and I sway and I sway.
NL: Do you see yourself as being wise? I see you that way, you have shared some of your wisdom with me from time to time and I’m always grateful for that.
Grandmother: If you stand there long enough, you realize all there is to know. You know, that is true for your people too. If you go within yourself, get quiet and push your soul to the earth, you will know as much as I do.
You’ve just read a small portion of my interview with Grandmother, the dryad. She had lots of interesting information to share and all of it will be included in our upcoming book so stay tuned!