Coming into spirituality the way I did changed the Christian myth that there is nothing we can do – we are totally powerless. I found out that when there was trouble, my people did not say “o.k., we can’t fight, we just have to let god handle it.” They went and made sacrifices, they evoked their gods and goddesses, they became possessed, and they went out there and fought. You learn to take power when there is a presence behind you.


Luisah Teish, This Bridge Called My Back, p. 217