Book Review: The Twelve Freedoms

Published on: March 30, 2016

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The Twelve Freedoms: An Understandable Path to Total Freedom by Rev Phillip M Pierson, reviewed by Rev Bob Brach

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If you are looking for a science-based look at Charles Fillmore’s The Twelve Powers of Man, take a read through Rev Phil Pierson’s new book, The Twelve Freedoms. Rev Pierson has taken the Twelve Powers which make up the Christ of our Being, and given scientific, philosophical and historical-based support for these concepts—concepts which Charles Fillmore put forth in book form in the 1930s. Rev Pierson has taken a different order and approach to these powers or mental faculties, and has arranged them in what he calls dyads. These dyad connections between the six pairs of two powers each have an “active” power and a “passive” power.

The first power mentioned in each dyad is the active, or power most directly related and visible in our manifest world. The second power mentioned in the dyad is the passive, but still essential for the success of the first power and helps support, limit or set boundaries for that first power in the dyad. Rev Pierson is quick to point out throughout the book that the powers are all working together all the time and in various degrees or combinations of degrees.

In approaching the study of these individual powers, he begins with Love in what Rev Pierson calls the Unifying Dyad in partnership with Wisdom. Mr Fillmore began with Faith. Rev Pierson’s rationale for this order and the pairing of the powers into dyads is quite convincing and makes it easier to call to mind the various powers making up our “Christ.”

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The first seven chapters of The Twelve Freedoms lay the foundation of and the background for the scientific and philosophical basis for Rev Pierson’s view of the Twelve Powers. He has uncovered this material in his many years of study and personal interaction with persons of metaphysical acumen, some of whom are referenced in this book. For example, Buckminster Fuller was interviewed on the Revs Phil and Dorothy Pierson’s long-running television program The Best Is Yet to Be. The television program aired for over 25 years in the Sacramento, California, area.

I recall attending a class presented by Rev Pierson while I was in ministerial school on the book The Phenomenon of Man by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. In The Twelve Freedoms, Rev Pierson points to the commonalties of Teilhard’s “Omega Point” and “the Christ.” He also mentions that Teilhard’s noosphere concept (i.e., a layer of consciousness in the atmosphere) had its origin in Teilhard’s attending a lecture by a Russian scientist.

14 Tetrahedron_flatThe cover design of The Twelve Freedoms represents a concept expressed by Buckminster Fuller. According to Fuller the smallest possible structure in the universe is the tetrahedron, a four-sided, triangular structure. Fuller also notes that any other building form would be less stable. The tetrahedron also provides 12 alternate ways that nature can behave most economically upon each and every energy-event occurrence. Rev Pierson has chosen this structure to visually depict the interrelationship of the Unity twelve powers. This visual presentation makes it easier to remember the faculties and how they relate to one another.

Rev Pierson presents materials from Fuller, Julian Jaynes, and—of course—Charles Fillmore which support this new way of viewing the Twelve Powers.

In almost all of the chapters, Pierson provides not only science-based fact, but also personal anecdotes of how he worked with that power in his life. One such story in the Imagination faculty was his experience of treasure mapping, a practice many Truth students have engaged in. Rev Pierson and his wife, Rev Dorothy Pierson, had need of a refrigerator and used the treasure map practice. When the refrigerator manifested in their life, they were surprised to see the freezer compartment was on the bottom rather than the top section of the appliance. In checking the picture used on their treasure map—sure enough—the freezer compartment was on the bottom! It pays to be vigilant and specific in our treasure mapping!

Memorable stories like this are in almost all chapters of The Twelve Freedoms. It is interesting to note in Rev Pierson’s presentation of the Twelve Powers, that the Imagination faculty or power is the passive or secondary power in the Manifesting Dyad with the power of Faith as the active power.

All in all, The Twelve Freedoms is a good read, presents an updated and novel view on the treatment of the Twelve Powers with science-based materials, and serves as a powerful tool for connecting with and activating the Christ of our Being, thus achieving our total spiritual freedom.

Bob Brach
Bob Brach, MDiv, DD, DRE, obtained his master’s in divinity from Unity Institute and his doctor of divinity and doctor of religious education from Emerson Theological Institute, Oakhurst, CA. He resides in Sacramento, CA, with his wife, Rev Margie Brach.

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