A Dryad Speaks

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.

[The dryad] did a great job with this magnificent essence of itself and now it has to be removed. It has to die and that is very saddening to us.

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!

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  1. Ruth November 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Natalie, Susan & Grandmother for a wonderful thought provoking interview! Here in Washington state just last Tuesday we were hit with a devastating storm. During the morning before the strong winds started…as I was walking with the dogs through the yard I instinctively put my hand on as many of the big trees as I could and told them I loved them and prayed/asked for them to be okay throughout the storm…to stay standing up! The storm howled and raged all day long until about 6pm…my mother and I would occasionally look out but it was a terrifying sight…we would just turn to each other and say “I can’t watch!” We had a lot of broken limbs but no trees fell over and these are BIG trees! We’re all very thankful because there were countless fallen trees and several deaths in our state from trees falling onto cars…lots of power outages and widespread destruction.

  2. Bentravis25 November 30, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Natalie it’s me Ben Butler I’ve been having problems with the chat room the comment bar it won’t let me say something while I’m using my Guest. any Idea why that is great post by the way .

  3. Natalie Lynn December 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    @Ben, I’m sorry you are having problems. We are starting a major update of this site and unfortunately, some things like this may happen for a little while yet. I hope you are able to hang in there while we get the job done. 🙂

  4. rush December 2, 2015 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Sounds like the variety in this book will be a really good read, Im looking forward to it. I’ve had a thing with trees and the wind for many years, I see that Grandmother loves to sway. It takes a lot of persistence to live awake. The world is good at sending our feelers inwards. So time in nature, around trees and feeling the natural world around us is important, on a bigger scale, the changing of the seasons, and also very special is the moonlight, trees feel all these things like a heart beat. A rhythm of all that is, time itself moving.

  5. Jacob December 17, 2015 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Wow, this is amazing! I read the interviews every now and then but this has a profound effect on me. I’ve touched trees and weeds while gardening and I swear I feel some sort of connection to the tree. I think this is a type of connection to living things that Grandmother talks about for a bit. Thank you for this!

  6. Dena January 22, 2016 at 11:58 pm - Reply

    Hello Natalie ——- have you and Grandmother considered making her story into a children’s book, it would be lovely 😉

    • Lilyjitestorm January 2, 2017 at 3:14 am - Reply

      That’s a really cool idea! I totally agree! Im a writer and I think if she tells the story a certain way that any publishing company would be fools not to publish it!

  7. Dena February 5, 2016 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    Hi There Natalie,

    Just curious, WHERE do Dryads come from, Grandmother said they are eternal ( cannot die ).
    Also, what caused them to chose to live in trees, is this why the Druids venerated or worshiped

    Also, I wondered what she, and the animals talk about, that is it is something she can share.

    And HOW can we as regular human beings BEST protect them from those who would cut
    them down or do them damage. Or if there is no other choice but to remove a tree, what is the
    proper way to do it?? For instance, do you try to tell them ahead of time, or if there isn’t time
    then what??

    • Natalie Lynn March 9, 2016 at 11:10 am - Reply

      Hi Dena,

      I honestly don’t know where dryads come from, probably the universal source and the same place our spirits come from but that’s just a guess. Now that it’s spring and Grandmother is about to wake, maybe I can ask her your excellent questions. 🙂

      As far as protecting them goes, it’s really a hit and miss situation since we don’t have much control over what other people do. I would say that the best way to remove, or even trim, a tree is to give them some warning and explain your reasons for doing it. That seems to help them understand and prepare for what is to come.

  8. Deborah Heath February 11, 2016 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    I’ve just been thumbing through the my iPod and a movie called “Fairy Tale : A True Story ” comes on my tv . So with iPod in hand I look up fairies and your site comes up.
    I come across Grandmother and I am blown away. I’ve always loved trees for their shade, oxygen and just plain beauty. Yes, I’ve hugged a few but mostly I would touch them and thank the Creator for making them. I would love to be able to speak with them but I’m afraid I’m too dense to understand them . However I do so now appreciate them so much more than previously. I believe they have a soul as all LIVING things have to have Something to make them live.
    I am very interested in helping or becoming useful if your interested in tutoring me.

    • Natalie Lynn February 19, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

      Hi Deborah! I’m sure the trees appreciate the energy you send them. I think most people could hear them as long as they were open to the possibility of communicating with them.

      I started out by by sitting nearby in my backyard and talking with Grandmother, sending her thoughts of appreciation, etc.

      It didn’t happen the very first time, but as I continued talking to her and listened for a thought or a voice that was not my own, I was able to hear her quite clearly. It really didn’t take too long, I just had to relax, believe, and listen. 🙂

      You mentioned being interested in helping, what did you have in mind?

  9. Dena March 15, 2016 at 11:22 pm - Reply

    Thank you, for your thoughtful answer Natalie : -)

    • Natalie Lynn March 19, 2016 at 10:10 am - Reply

      You’re most welcome Dena! 🙂

  10. Betsy March 26, 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Are there ways of befriending dryads, even if you don’t have any sort of telepathic abilities?

  11. Dena April 28, 2016 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    I thought another question for Grandmother. If someone wanted to leave an offering for
    a Dryad, what should that be? Thank you.

  12. israel June 4, 2016 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Hello thank you for knowledge.
    I live in Brazil and difficult to find something about the nature spirits.
    Thank you for wisdom

  13. Gary March 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Hi I’m a biologist (entomologist) and have had some unusual experiences while researching in wooded areas. Would you be interested in some of my observations?

    • Natalie Lynn March 10, 2018 at 5:20 pm - Reply

      Yes! I would be very interested. 🙂

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