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.
"The Sacred Science is a fresh narrative about healing that is at once ancient and pioneering. If you desire a deep dive into the psychological blind spots that may block your potential to heal--particularly when conventional medicine has failed you--read this book. Polizzi is in a class by himself as a scholar of ancestral medicine, a gifted storyteller brimming with integrity."
-- Sara Gottfried, M.D., New York Times best-selling author of Younger, The Hormone Cure, and The Hormone Reset Diet
"Part adventure book, part self-help book, part memoir, part guide into the deepest parts of your soul . . . The Sacred Science by acclaimed filmmaker Nick Polizzi will keep you on the edge of your seat as you explore the deep wisdom found in our world's ancient traditions. A Must Read."
-- Nick Ortner, New York Times best-selling author of The Tapping Solution
"Rarely are readers given the gift and opportunity to be introduced to the deep wisdom and healing that the universal practice of shamanism embraces. In The Sacred Science, Nick Polizzi honestly shares how native rituals immerse us in both the light and the shadow, carrying us through to a place of illumination. This book demonstrates the raw and authentic power of shamanism without trying to soften what is required to truly engage in such an ancient tradition that can provide healing in ways many never imagined. Polizzi and the brave souls he brought with him ventured together into the jungles and experienced the magic of this earth-based practice. Read this book slowly, absorb and digest the inspirational wisdom. The Sacred Science truly honors the sacredness of shamanic work."
-- Sandra Ingerman, M.A., author of Soul Retrieval and Medicine for the Earth
"In The Sacred Science, Nick Polizzi tells a riveting tale of exploration, hope, and wonder through his adventures into the Amazon. A regular guy from Connecticut follows his own health journey and finds the earth's greatest treasure--forgotten healing plants and the native cultures who know how to use them. It was hard to put this book down and the ending delivered a wallop that everyone needs to experience."
-- Dr. Pedram Shojai, New York Times best-selling author of The Urban Monk