Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2012

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 Lama34. Marianne Williamson67. Caroline Myss
2. Eckhart Tolle35. Lisa Williams68. Michael Newton
3. Thich Nhat Hanh36. Francis Chan69. Daisaku Ikeda
4. Deepak Chopra37. Don Miguel Ruiz70. Vadim Zeland
5. Paulo Coelho38. Masaru Emoto71. John Bradshaw
6. Elizabeth Gilbert39. Gregg Braden72. Richard Bandler
7. Iyanla Vanzant40. Andrew Weil73. Jean Houston
8. Ken Wilber41. Erich von Däniken74. Starhawk
9. James Redfield42. Adyashanti75. Daniel J. Siegel
10. Rhonda Byrne43. Krishna Das76. James Lovelock
11. Alice Walker44. Sonia Choquette77. Judy Hall
12. Nelson Mandela45. Joseph Ratzinger78. Gary Snyder
13. Dr Wayne W Dyer 46. Louise Hay79. Patrick Holford
14. Doreen Virtue47. Amma80. Oberto Airaudi
15. Michio Kaku48. Vladimir Megre81. Dr Azmayesh
16. Oprah Winfrey49. Ervin Laszlo82. Mother Meera
17. Alejandro Jodorowsky50. Elaine Pagels83. Rabbi Michael Lerner
18. Mantak Chia51. Jeff Foster 84. Lynne McTaggart
19. Desmond Tutu52. Seyyed Hossein Nasr85. Michael Beckwith
20. Alex Grey53. Neale Donald Walsch86. Satya Narayan Goenka
21. Peter Russell54. Drunvalo Melchizedek87. Satish Kumar
22. Byron Katie55. Pema Chödrön88. Paramahamsa Nithyananda
23. Ram Dass 56. Diana Cooper 89. Rowan Williams
24. Esther Hicks57. Bruce Lipton90. Prem Rawat
25. Bernie Siegel58. Dan Millman 91. Mooji
26. Richard Bach59. Karen Armstrong 92. Stanislav Grof
27. Brian Weiss60. Graham Hancock93. Grant Morrison
28. Andrew Cohen61. David R. Hawkins94. Jon Kabat-Zinn
29. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar62. Jack Canfield95. Dolores Cannon
30. Robin Sharma63. Clarissa Pinkola Estés96. Gangaji
31. Steve Taylor64. Sogyal Rinpoche97. Shakti Gawain
32. Z’ev ben Shimon Halevi65. Swami Ramdev 98. Claudio Naranjo
33. Andrew Harvey66. Philip Berg99. Mastin Kipp
 100. Marion Woodman