Gathering personal power requires dedication, focus, courage, and, yes, even sacrifice. We are required to think in new and complex ways. Issues are no longer clear-cut, and simple formulas will not guide us. Empowerment demands self-healing, but not mere self-interest. We must learn to tell the difference. Silence can be a mark of oppression or a source of strength. We must learn when to contain our power and when to express it, how to offer service to the great powers of life and death and to our communities without falling into servitude.
Starhawk and Hilary Valentine, The Twelve Wild Swans: A journey to the realm of magic, healing and action, HarperOne, 2000.