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.

The Ayahuasca Chapter [Free Audio Recording]

10 years ago, I stepped into a ceremony that changed my life. Before entering this sacred ritual, I thought I knew something about this reality and who I was… I was wrong. How do you find yourself leaping off the edge, plummeting into a confrontation with ultimate truth? Thinking back on it, I had been looking for this experience my entire adult life without ever realizing it. My soul was crying out for something real. And I found what I was searching for. Through a series of coincidences, I ... [Read more...]

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3 Powerful Indigenous Herbs From North America

Growing up, I was fascinated by the hundreds of interesting plants that grew in the forests behind my childhood home in rural Connecticut. We would wander down old forgotten trails for hours, lost in the greenery and enchanted by the timelessness of the place. I would later come to realize that these old woods are home to one of the most extensive systems of indigenous medicine in the world. We now know that the original inhabitants of North America were extremely advanced, far beyond ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism

The Power Of Fasting

Why did our ancestors fast on a regular basis? If you think about it, the biggest spiritual superheroes of all time went for long durations of time without eating anything – on purpose. Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed, to name a few. Was it just a way of showing reverence to the almighty or was there more to it than that? When we look beyond the religious texts, it becomes clear that this customary practice is not only good for our spirit, but is also highly beneficial for our health and ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

Food Of The Gods (sacred chocolate)

Ever wondered why people exchange chocolate on romantic occasions? Like Valentines Day for example? Long before Willie Wonka came around, it was known among the ancient Maya as the “food of the gods,” because chocolate, or cacao, can act as a powerful aphrodisiac that awakens the “love hormones” in the body, such as serotonin and dopamine. It has the power to provide mental clarity, to move you from your head to your heart, and to produce a gentle euphoria. In the jungle, certain ... [Read more...]

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Loving Your Jing – Winter Medicine

Two thousand years ago, the following words of truth were spoken by one of the world’s legendary healers: “Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly, should proceed thus… Consider the seasons of the year, and what effects each of them produces  – for they are not at all alike, but differ much from themselves in regard to their changes.” —Hippocrates, Greek physician of the Age of Pericles In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), practitioners consider each season when ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Energy Medicine

Death Of Distraction, Birth Of Awareness

A big misconception about shamanism and native medicine is that it’s a cosmic thrill ride into the spiritual realms that magically helps you overcome anything you’re struggling with. Sometimes it can be. But the journey involves a lot more than reality-altering ceremonies. In authentic Amazonian healing circles, every aspect of your existence is taken into consideration. When you show up for a shamanic retreat in these circles, you are asked to surrender just about everything you ... [Read more...]

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A Native Smoke Ritual For Renewal And Clarity

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into any place of worship or sacred ceremony, there is always one repeating theme? Yes, the symbols and prayers spoken may be different, but one thing is universally present – the use of smoke. Beyond its pleasing aromatic qualities, smoke is viewed in many traditions to be a bridge between the world we can see and the one we cannot. Not surprisingly, smoke plays a crucial role in shamanism, and often serves as a healing medicine itself in native ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

A Solstice Fire Ceremony and A Hopi Prayer

The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is a sacred time to express our gratitude to the yellow dwarf star at the center of our solar system – the sun. For without it, life could not exist. It has been celebrated by our ancestors for centuries. From Scandinavian Norsemen, we gain the tradition of Yule. Egyptians celebrated the return of Ra, god of the sun, and similarly, ancient Greeks held a festival called Lenaea. The Roman Empire held Saturnalia celebrations, the Druids ... [Read more...]

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A Winter Shrine To The Sacred Pine

As the winter solstice approaches, there is an ancient tradition that many of us still practice. Many adults and children alike here in the States and around the world get into the holiday spirit by hauling a bushy evergreen tree into the living room, standing it up in a prominent location and decorating it with lights, miniature figurines and spiritual symbols. What we don’t often realize is that the pine, spruce and fur tree are powerful native medicines that hold many gifts for our mind, ... [Read more...]

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A Native Sun Prayer To Brighten Your Day

Something stunning happened while I was driving my son to school yesterday morning. My eyes were fixed on the dark, dawn-lit road ahead as my mind was busy mulling over the various things on my schedule for the day. Then I noticed a gigantic ball of flame creeping over the trees into the sky. A sense of simple amazement coursed through me as I tried to comprehend the existence of this yellow dwarf star that was creating another bright day on my home planet. Without the light of the sun, life on... [Read more...]

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3 Gratitude Rituals For Joy And Wonderment

Did you know that it’s almost impossible to be upset and grateful at the same time? It’s one of those universal truths that is easy to prove – just try it yourself. Being thankful flips a switch inside of you that clears out any negative feelings you were experiencing a few moments before. “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” —William Arthur Ward It may seem counterintuitive to feel ... [Read more...]

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The One Thing I Had To Give Up

Sometimes the one thing that is slowly sabotaging our lives is right under our noses. When we feel “out of whack”, our monkey minds tend to blame someone or something outside of ourselves – the over demanding boss, the guy who cut you off in traffic, the child who refuses to listen, the unexpected tax bill… but in reality, it all comes down to us. Ready to hear something personal? A few months ago, I began to notice that I was becoming anxious throughout the day, unable to ... [Read more...]

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