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Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2022

We are delighted to share with you Watkins’ 2022 list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People – spiritual teachers, activists, authors and thinkers that change the world. The list came out in print in the issue 68, Winter 2022 of Watkins Mind Body Spirit magazine on January 12 (you can get a copy of this issue here or take out a full year’s subscription here).

Watkins bookshop in London has been encouraging spiritual discovery and providing seekers with esoteric knowledge for over 120 years. In 2011, we started publishing the 100 list with the goal of celebrating the world’s living spiritual teachers. Our special magazine issue features 16 pages dedicated to interesting details, bios, photos and highlights about each person on the list. As you read through this list, we hope that you feel as inspired as we are by each individual’s significant impact.

1 – Pope Francis

2 – Dalai Lama

3 – Greta Thunberg

4 – Sadhguru (Jaggi Vasudev)

5 – Eckhart Tolle

6 – Desmond Tutu*

7 – Oprah Winfrey

8 – Russell Brand

9 – Gwyneth Paltrow NEW

10 – Gabor Maté

11 – Wim Hof

12 – Dr Joe Dispenza

13 – Matthew Fox

14 – Paulo Coelho

15- Alice Walker

16 – David Lynch

17 – Teal Swan

18 – Deepak Chopra

19 – Pema Chödrön

20 – Jay Shetty

21 – Esther Perel

22 – Michael Pollan NEW

23 – Rhonda Byrne

24 – Uri Geller

25 – Arianna Huffington

26 – Mark Manson

27 – Dr. Nicole LePera NEW

28 – Anthony William NEW

29 – Marianne Williamson

30 – Yasmin Boland NEW

31 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

32 – Graham Hancock

33 – Justin Welby

34 – Don Miguel Ruiz

35 – Esther Hicks

36 – Ken Wilber

37 – Ruby Wax

38 – Thich Nhat Hanh

39 – Rupert Sheldrake

40 – Vandana Shiva

41 – Robert Thurman

42 – Jon Kabat-Zinn

43 – James Lovelock

44 – Robin Sharma

45 – Amma – Mata Amritanandamayi

46 – Zinovya Dushkova

47 – Rowan Williams

48 – Rob Bell

49 – Richard Rohr

50 – Martin Seligman

51 – Lewis Howes NEW

52 – Julia Cameron

53 – Bessel van der Kolk NEW

54 – Daniel Goleman

55 – Iyanla Vanzant

56 – Michael Bernard Beckwith

57 – Mooji

58 – Seyyed Hossein Nasr

59 – Andrew Weil, M.D.

60 – Hamza Yusuf

61 – Francis Chan

62 – Christiane Northrup, M.D

63 – Bruce H. Lipton, PhD

64 – Richard Bach

65 – Edith Eger

66 – Thomas Moore

67 – Karen Armstrong

68 – Alex Grey 

69 – Michael A.Singer

70 – Vishen Lakhiani NEW

71 – Brian Weiss, M.D.

72 – Byron Katie

73 – Gregg Braden 

74 – Gary Snyder

75 – Prem Rawat 

76 – Anita Moorjani

77 – Neale Donald Walsch

78 – Jack Kornfield 

79 – Daisaku Ikeda 

80 – Stanislav Grof, M.D.

81 – Eben Alexander

82 – Charles Eisenstein NEW

83 – Tara Brach, Ph.D

84 – Caroline Myss 

85 – Matthieu Ricard NEW

86– Gabrielle Bernstein  

87 – Rupert Spira

88 – Steve Taylor 

89 – Adyashanti 

90 – Gary Zukav

91 – Stephen Skinner NEW

92 – Suzanne Giesemann NEW

93 – A. H. Almaas 

94 – David Frawley 

95 – Sharon Salzberg 

96 – Elaine Pagels 

97 – Fritjof Capra 

98 – Vladimir Megre

99 – Kodo Nishimura NEW

100 – Dan Millman

To discover more about each spiritual teacher, pick up a copy of issue 68, Winter 2022.

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 as of December, 2021
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, has a Wikipedia page, and is actively talked about throughout the Internet. By taking into account the amount of times that a person is googled or how many times their Wikipedia profile is viewed, the list gains a highly democratic and transparent parameter. Additionally, we were highly selective in creating this list and did our best to remove candidates who spread messages that were hateful or intolerant. Ultimately, this list is meant to celebrate the positive influence of today’s spiritual teachers.

 

*Our magazine had already gone to print when we learnt of the sad news of Desmond Tutu.

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