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Path of Maximum Service
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The Path of Maximum Service
is an experiential weekend in the Native
American tradition which utilizes the teachings of ancient ceremonies to address
addiction and codependency. This gathering combines the principles of
Program and the American Indian concepts of healing through Spirit. Topics
The Sweat Lodge and Getting Right
Vision Quest and Getting Right with
Sun Dance and Getting Right with the
The Path of the Pipe and Being of
The Path of Maximum Service (affectionately called POMS)
is led by Mary Thunder, a Sundancer and Native American Teacher who honors
her many elders and teachers, including Leonard Crow Dog, Grace Spotted
Eagle, Wallace Black Elk, Rolling Thunder, and Twylah Nitsch. POMS grew out
of Mary Thunder’s personal addiction work and her many years as an Alcohol
and Drug Counselor. She received the vision for the Path of Maximum Service
during Sundance and from that has created this powerful, transformative
experience for such profound life changes as sobriety, the healing of
relationships, and spiritual awakening. Thunder believes the greatest
addiction on the planet is Emotional Addiction.
"She is a
Spirit Interpreter. A Healer of the Teachers and a Teacher of the Healers."
Leonard Crow Dog
I have worked
with wise ones from all the races of the Earth. Mary Thunder stands as one
of the BEST. Her integrity and wisdom have carried her all over North and
We admitted we were powerless over alcohol*,
that our lives had become unmanageable.
Came to believe that a Power greater than
ourselves could restore us to sanity.
Made a decision to turn our will and our
lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory
Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another
human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Were entirely ready to have God remove all
these defects of character.
Humbly asked Him to remove our
Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and
became willing to make amends to them all.
Made direct amends to such people wherever
possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Continued to take personal inventory and
when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
Sought through prayer and meditation to
improve our conscious contact with God as we
understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to
carry that out.
Having had a spiritual awakening as the
result of these Steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to
practice these principles in all our affairs.
* Substitute your drug of