About Nick Polizzi

Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and producing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick's current role as executive producer of "Remedy: Ancient Medicine for Modern Illness" and founder of The Sacred Science stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and healing technologies of the ancient world.

Depression As Medicine

If you live in the modern world, chances are you probably know someone who is depressed. It’s an epidemic of sorts that seems to have sky rocketed over the past few decades. To date, pharmaceutical companies have been controlling the entire conversation, convincing people that they are powerless and NEED their drugs to feel better. We’ve all seen the creepy commercials that show a sad and exhausted person popping a shiny pill and then walking happily out into a sunlit meadow – while a ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Wise Woman

What We’re Reading This Summer (Sacred Book List)

It’s mid-summer here in North America and there’s a little ritual called “summer reading” that came about back in the 1980s as a way to keep kids learning during the hot months, while school was out. It once applied only to youngsters, but has since been embraced by folks of all ages (including us here at the Sacred Science!). We’re all seekers, and opening up the right book can provide much needed insight on our spiritual journey and unlock the next level of ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

Fear And Medicine On The Incan Trail

A few days ago, I found myself in a pickup truck on a one lane dirt road hugging the side of a cliff about 16,000 feet up, in the middle of the Andes Mountains of Peru. We were on our way to a remote region where the majestic highlands plummet suddenly into the flat sea of Amazon jungle green. Nestled in one of the seemingly infinite valleys along this eastern slope is the new home of the Paititi Institute, our sister organization where the Sacred Science was filmed. We were going to be doing a... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

A Quechua Woodsman Uses Palo Santo To Heal 2 Ducklings

In the video below, a Quechua woodsman named Braulio shows us how to use the wood of the sacred Palo Santo tree to heal 2 sick newborn ducklings. This was an unexpected medicine moment for us and we were happy we had a camera ready when it happened! Make sure to turn on English subtitles (in the YouTube options) for the Spanish parts! I hope you resonate with the wisdom he conveys as much as we did! Stay curious, Nick Polizzi The Sacred Science [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism

Sacred Breadcrumbs On The Spirit Path

When I was in my mid-twenties, my friend Mark and I used to go trekking deep into the Rocky Mountain wilderness for days at a time. We’d drive out into no man’s land and find entire ranges that were unmarked. There weren’t any beaten trails or signs to guide you safely over a mountain peak or across an alpine river. You were pretty much on your own. There were two things you could rely on up there: your trusty contour map (that was usually pretty accurate, but not always), and the ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

This Ojibwe Healing Ritual Will Move You

A few years ago, we were invited to attend a tribal meeting in Northern Wisconsin, called the Midwest Shamanic Gathering. When we were invited by the elders to film some of the ceremonial practices that were being shared at this special celebration, we jumped at the opportunity. Many people associate this Great Lakes state with cheese, but for us this region holds far more meaning than that. The forests of Wisconsin are home to some of the earliest known indigenous civilizations in North ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

A Native Prayer To Start Your Week

Welcome to another beautiful week on this lovely blue planet we call home. I came across a powerful Native American prayer recently that feels like the perfect way to start off a week. Sometimes, the first day after the weekend can feel heavy – this is a perfect time to call in some guidance and strength from above. I invite you to join me in the words below, if they resonate with you: Oh Great Spirit, Whose voice I hear in the winds, And whose breath gives life to all the world, Hear me!  I... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

A Simple Mantra to Start Your Day

Do you believe that words have power? I do. Whether they are spoken or thought, whispered or sung, the bursts of sound that we call our voice can communicate much more than we know. In the ancient wisdom traditions of India, the repetition of specific sounds is used to invoke peace, healing, and change. They are called mantras and combine the physical vibrations of words with intent concentration to positively affect our inner landscape. There are many short yet infinitely significant Sanskrit ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

Healing With Your Hands – A Forgotten Art

There is a feeling that comes over us when we’re being cared for. A warmth that floods our senses when someone is devoting their complete attention to our health. A vibration that courses through the body. An inner sigh of relief. The phenomenon of human touch is at the heart of the healing traditions we work with, yet many take it for granted.  We sometimes construe the word “touch” to be something overtly sexual, but what about the helping and healing kind? Our hands are ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Energy Medicine

Do These Two Forces Exist Within You?

The other day, I was reading in the living room when my 3-year-old son River paraded through the doorway wearing a dress with glittering sequins on it. “Daddy, look at my superhero outfit!!!” I hadn’t seen that piece of clothing since my wife was in her twenties. How and where he dug it up was beyond me. “Awesome suit, Riv!” Staring into his bright blue eyes, I know I am learning from the greatest teacher the universe could have sent my way. I’m curious about all aspects of his ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Wise Woman

A Breathing Exercise To Take You Higher

A few years ago, one of my teachers taught me a powerful breathing exercise that I’d like to share with you today. Variations of this technique have been used for millennia to induce altered states of consciousness and connect more deeply with the divine. On the surface, it’s hard to fathom how breathing alone can take us to such great heights. I had doubts myself – until I gave it a try. As it turns out, I hadn’t given my lungs enough credit – the experience was cathartic in ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Energy Medicine

The Art Of Smudging – A Shamanic Cleansing Ritual

If you grew up religious, you probably witnessed the ritualistic use of smoke in ceremony. For me it was frankincense and myrhh being burned during Sunday mass. For others it might be smoldering incense at their Buddhist Temple, or the spiraling tendrils of bukhoor in a mosque. There is something primordial within us that connects smoke with spirituality. In Native American tradition, it’s seen as a bridge to the higher realms, a way to bring in good spirits and dispel the negative or ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism
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