Lee Lozowick, a teacher of Red Hawk’s said the following about Work on oneself.
“Transformation is not a masculine process.
The ‘Work’ is not a masculine process.
Practice, Sadhana, Surrender to the Will of God are not masculine processes.”
In his book “The Way of The Wise Woman” Red Hawk aligns with this and speaks with the female/passive voice
The Wise Woman knows there is suffering, everyone lives
in a hell of her own devising and there seems to be no end
to it because the mammal mind simply repeats
and repeats its stored memories until we die.
This endless suffering is the great Human lie
and, like a thief with loaded dice, it cheats
us of our natural bliss, thrice betrays our greatest Friend.
Despite this, the Wise Woman loves
moment to moment, with the intensity of her sorrow;
the immensity of her death makes a fool of tomorrow.
The Wise Woman knows there is a cause
of suffering and it is rooted in desire,
the wish to change the course
of things as they are,
wanting what she does not have
and refusing to accept what she is given
by life; desire never believes that love
is enough, but the Wise Woman knows heaven
is the present moment, here-now, just this,
and to live in the moment is the only bliss.
The Wise Woman knows there is an end
to suffering, which is to remain still
inside when the mind sits as the hurt
judge of all wounded beings;
her inner Stillness brings
an end to the harsh, shrill
noise of constant judgment, begins to mend
the broken pieces of the heart.
She picks up her own Cross and carries it,
lays to rest her personal history and buries it.
The Wise Woman knows there is a well-worn
path to that end and all maps lead there,
to that inner devastation, the war-torn
Human heart, the place where
the path out of hell
passes through the broken heart
so that’s where all healing has to start.
It is by loving Attention to the broken pieces
that Human suffering eventually ceases.
~ Red Hawk
This poems along with many of the readings published here can be found in the book Readings Prosaic and Poetic edited by Robin Bloor and Paula Schmidt. It is available on Amazon.