You may have heard the writing that says “Until one is committed there is hesitancy”, and ends with one of Goethe’s poetic lines, “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

The Step that correlates with this Gateway is Step Three: “Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of god as we understand God.”

The Third Gateway is really my favorite, because without it, nothing of lasting value is possible. The idea of making a decision is so powerful, and once we make a decision about something, then providence moves too.


Once we have admitted powerlessness in our own attempts to control the Universe, we open into a whole new realm…the realm of the possible in which we COME TO BELIEVE that a Power greater than Ourselves has the power and the inclination to restore us to wholeness.

But the third leg of this three-legged stool only in place when we not only admit and come to believe but DECIDE to turn our over to the care of this Higher Power.  Then Providence moves too.

I would like to share one of my favorite Rilke poems with you in closing.

It is called Magic

“From indescribable transformation flash
Such creations—: Feel! and trust!
We suffer it often; flames become ash;
Yet in art: flames come from dust.

Here is magic. In the realm of a spell
The common word seems lifted up above…
and yet is really like the call of the male
who calls for the invisible female dove.”

August 1924

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