Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2012
100 Most Spiritually Influential Living people
We are delighted to share with you our 2012 list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People. This marks the second year that we are publishing our 100 list. Last year’s list was extremely popular and we received a great deal of feedback. We’ve done our best to consider as many people as possible and our spiritual database includes the names of approximately 500 candidates. This list is meant to serve as a positive guide to some of the leading modern teachers that are alive today, and we hope that you are as inspired as we are by their impact. There are a few interesting newcomers to this year’s list. Meanwhile, we are sad to report that three members of last year’s list recently passed away: Kenneth Grant, Sai Baba, and Jerry Hicks.
There are several factors that were taken into account when compiling the list. The main three criteria are:
1) The person has to be alive .
2) The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale.
3) The person is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, and is actively talked about throughout the Internet.
It’s interesting to think about the amount of times that a person is googled; in a sense, being googled is a form of digital voting, and illustrates just how often someone is being sought out.
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|1. Dalai Lama||34. Marianne Williamson||67. Caroline Myss|
|2. Eckhart Tolle||35. Lisa Williams||68. Michael Newton|
|3. Thich Nhat Hanh||36. Francis Chan||69. Daisaku Ikeda|
|4. Deepak Chopra||37. Don Miguel Ruiz||70. Vadim Zeland|
|5. Paulo Coelho||38. Masaru Emoto||71. John Bradshaw|
|6. Elizabeth Gilbert||39. Gregg Braden||72. Richard Bandler|
|7. Iyanla Vanzant||40. Andrew Weil||73. Jean Houston|
|8. Ken Wilber||41. Erich von Däniken||74. Starhawk|
|9. James Redfield||42. Adyashanti||75. Daniel J. Siegel|
|10. Rhonda Byrne||43. Krishna Das||76. James Lovelock|
|11. Alice Walker||44. Sonia Choquette||77. Judy Hall|
|12. Nelson Mandela||45. Joseph Ratzinger||78. Gary Snyder|
|13. Dr Wayne W Dyer||46. Louise Hay||79. Patrick Holford|
|14. Doreen Virtue||47. Amma||80. Oberto Airaudi|
|15. Michio Kaku||48. Vladimir Megre||81. Dr Azmayesh|
|16. Oprah Winfrey||49. Ervin Laszlo||82. Mother Meera|
|17. Alejandro Jodorowsky||50. Elaine Pagels||83. Rabbi Michael Lerner|
|18. Mantak Chia||51. Jeff Foster||84. Lynne McTaggart|
|19. Desmond Tutu||52. Seyyed Hossein Nasr||85. Michael Beckwith|
|20. Alex Grey||53. Neale Donald Walsch||86. Satya Narayan Goenka|
|21. Peter Russell||54. Drunvalo Melchizedek||87. Satish Kumar|
|22. Byron Katie||55. Pema Chödrön||88. Paramahamsa Nithyananda|
|23. Ram Dass||56. Diana Cooper||89. Rowan Williams|
|24. Esther Hicks||57. Bruce Lipton||90. Prem Rawat|
|25. Bernie Siegel||58. Dan Millman||91. Mooji|
|26. Richard Bach||59. Karen Armstrong||92. Stanislav Grof|
|27. Brian Weiss||60. Graham Hancock||93. Grant Morrison|
|28. Andrew Cohen||61. David R. Hawkins||94. Jon Kabat-Zinn|
|29. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar||62. Jack Canfield||95. Dolores Cannon|
|30. Robin Sharma||63. Clarissa Pinkola Estés||96. Gangaji|
|31. Steve Taylor||64. Sogyal Rinpoche||97. Shakti Gawain|
|32. Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi||65. Swami Ramdev||98. Claudio Naranjo|
|33. Andrew Harvey||66. Philip Berg||99. Mastin Kipp|
|100. Marion Woodman|