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The Sacred Science

An Ancient Healing Path for the Modern World
Narrated by: Nick Polizzi
Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
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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 rain forest 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.

©2018 Hay House (P)2018 Hay House

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Magic.

This book is gift. It is not only entertaining and fully captivating, it is thick with wisdom. It’s magic is potable for those at any step along the spirit path, inclusive of advanced explorers and novices alike. Nick drops knowledge all over us, bolstered by both experience and research, with articulation, poignancy, and rawness. I laughed, I cried, I grew. It’s material like this that changes the world and helps steer us toward harmony and massive, cohesive joy.

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A story beautifully told and read by Nick Polizzi.

Authentic, honest and transparent...a vulnerability rarely revealed in spiritual guidance. Forever grateful. Being (truely) oneself fearlessly is the greatest gift we can give this experience of life.

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Insightful journey!

Thank you Nick for sharing your soul and your journey in this book to all of us as readers who are on this adventure of truly discovering!

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Take this journey it’s unlike anything else

Make no mistakes. This is not a self-development book,nor a health book. It is as intimate as a diary and as haunting as a mystery. There are no titles like this. Why? Because it is a unique experience. It is a record of the author his team and eight people who are facing deadly diagnoses and this is their hope for a longer life experience. What makes this so incredibly beautiful is how he manages to turn the patients into what J. Campbell calls a hero’s journey. Of course I have a deep compassion for their bravery.

It also takes you behind the scenes of the film with the same name. It’s not necessary to watch it but it is legally up so you can if you want to.

Note: Some of the practices can be deadly. Ask a doctor and use caution if you wish to try any treatment described in this book. It sadly has an ending. I am addicted. Did I mention his voice is healing in its own right ?

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inspiring

I learned valuable lessons and enjoyed the story line. Expect miracles and a unforgettable journey.

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Unique and powerful journey <br />

A deep and moving journey into the world of the jungle shaman. A fascinating account of those who choose to totally immerse themselves into this world. Energetically narrated by the author.

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Cancer meets it's Match in Amazon

Prarmacutical companies have 500 billion invested in hideous chemotherapy and Shamans of Amazonian Basin Know.

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  • tara
  • CLYDE, NC, US
  • 05-01-18

Pro-found

In every essence of the word this book is profound. It found me exactly where I am at on my journey and has given me all the guidance I have been asking for as of late. Thank you Nick, for your beautifully descriptive and brave display of your human experience. This book is exactly what we as humans need at this point in our consciousness and at this place in time. Lovely and and so resonant. Peace. -Dr. Tara Hogan D.C.

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Inspiring with fascinating detail

To people who are drawn to this content and take it seriously, this is a fascinating description of a month with 8 people with chronic illnesses who the author brought to the Peruvian Amazon to work with several shamans. I appreciated the level of detail and apparent candor he brings to his recounting of these events, as well as the second part of the book, where he gives further insights into his personal work and the advice he has for others. It rang true to me. Part way through the book, I decided to watch the film based on the events, to put pictures to the images in my mind. I strongly recommend this. They complement each other well. (Film has the same title as book, and is free on the website of the same name).

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Great book

I really loved this book. I wonder how the 7 patients are doing now almost ten years later

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  • 04-15-18

Really loved it

It was such an interesting book, very thought-provoking and inspiring. I loved the way it was written too, as if it came straight from the heart, like a friend was telling of a fascinating adventure. I listened to it on Audible and really enjoyed the narrative and voice of the author, who spoke calmly and slowly, with a lovely rich tone, so that the listener had time to take what was said. Wonderful - I didn't want it to end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-18

The kind of book you search for til it finds YOU

Nick Polizzi must be congratulated for this major body of work! I for one am grateful to him and all of those who participated. The shamanic insights within are real and earnestly portrayed, as is the personal history of the author. I felt myself there in that (initially) horrifying amazon jungle, isolated, alone at night being swamped by invisible sounds and swarmed by things that crawl.

The narration is conversational in style making it very easy to listen to. At times the detailed descriptions of medicines and rituals are reminiscent of Carlos Castaneda's classic series about his lengthy apprenticeship with Don Juan, only in this story, the people are real .... and the magic is real. The cocoa ritual, in particular, was vividly portrayed and very revealing with regard to shamanic practices. Such power.

This book gives us hope for the possibility of REAL transformation. Thank you Nick and crew, as a seeker I was thrilled to strike an oasis of truth and magic in your story.

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  • mark sugden
  • 08-14-18

beyond the body

this book bring you from the living into the life the life we want the life we lead the life we all should have recommend the book to go beyond your thoughts that you live and think right now