The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World

The Sacred Science: An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World

by Nick Polizzi


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In 2010, Nick Polizzi did something unimaginable. He assembled a group of eight desperately ill patients from around the world and brought them into the heart of the Amazon rainforest to put the mysterious medicines of native shamans to the test.The healing journey that unfolded would change their lives—and his own—forever.In The Sacred Science, we join Nick as he explores these primordial traditions and learns firsthand what it takes to truly heal ourselves of physical disease, emotional trauma, and the sense of "lostness" that so many of us feel in these modern times. We venture into a place where the ordinary rules we live by, even survival instincts, don’t apply—where "the only thing to do is to step forward and be ready for anything."Nick is not a guru or shaman; he is an ordinary guy who pieced together an illuminating journey, one experience at a time. In this riveting true story, we’re shown the many layers that must be peeled away in order for us to find the truth of who we are and why we’re here.This book is a bridge between the flashy, fast-moving modern world and the forgotten ways of a healthier, earth-connected ancestral past. You’ll find practices and principles of native wisdom that you can put to use in your own life, and you’ll gain a new understanding of what it means to heal.In the end, what will become of the eight patients who set out on this path with Nick? Will the exotic jungle medicines and harrowing rites of passage destroy them or give them a new lease on life? Five will return with remarkable healing results. Two will return disappointed. One won’t return at all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401952914
Publisher: Hay House Inc.
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 575,071
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nick Polizzi is the founder of The Sacred Science, a website and blog dedicated to explorations of alternative healing modalities and indigenous healing traditions. His work stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world. He has spent his career directing and producing feature-length documentaries about holistic alternatives to conventional medicine; most recently, Nick directed The Tapping Solution and co-edited Simply Raw – Raw for 30 Days. Website:

Table of Contents

Note to Reader xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Descent 7

Chapter 2 Initiation 21

Chapter 3 Crisis and Ceremony 31

Chapter 4 The Wall 55

Chapter 5 Arrival 71

Chapter 6 Medicinal Herbs and How the Shamans Find Them 81

Chapter 7 The Jungle Healing Diet 91

Chapter 8 Life and Death 111

Chapter 9 Relámpago 123

Chapter 10 Grandfather 137

Chapter 11 Breaking Down to Break Through 151

Chapter 12 Wired for Tribe 165

Chapter 13 Ascent 177

Chapter 14 Departure 201

Epilogue 215

Bibliography 217

Index 219

Acknowledgments 229

About the Author 231

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