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Watkins’ Spiritual 100 List for 2021

We are delighted to share with you Watkins’ 2021 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 64, Winter 2021 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

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 Black Lives Matter NEW
4 Eckhart Tolle
5 Desmond Tutu
6 Oprah Winfrey
7 Sadhguru
8 Alice Walker
9 Deepak Chopra
10 David Attenborough NEW
11 Paulo Coelho
12 Russell Brand
13 Matthew Fox
14 Wim Hof NEW
15 Rhonda Byrne
16 Iyanla Vanzant
17 David Lynch
18 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
19 Rupert Sheldrake
20 Uri Geller NEW
21 Abdullah II of Jordan
22 Marianne Williamson
23 Sam Harris
24 Arianna Huffington
25 Sri (Mata Amritanandamayi)
26 Mark Manson NEW
27 Esther Hicks
28 Francis Chan
29 Jay Shetty NEW
30 Robin Sharma
31 Teal Swan
32 Don Miguel Ruiz
33 Jon Kabat-Zinn
34 James Locklock
35 Vandana Shiva
36 Michael Bernard Beckwith
37 Pema Chödrön
38 Rob Bell
39 Graham Hancock
40 Hamza Yusuf
41 Thomas Moore
42 Justin Welby
43 Dr Joe Dispenza
44 Martin Seligman
45 Richard Bach
46 Rowan Williams
47 Karen Armstrong
48 Thich Nhat Hanh
49 Marilynne Robinson NEW
50 Alex Grey
51 Ken Wilber
52 Robert Thurman
53 Prem Rawat
54 Gabrielle Bernstein
55 Andrew Weil, M.D.
56 Richard Rohr
57 Tim Freke
58 Daniel Goleman
59 Gary Snyder
60 Neale Donald Walsch
61 Jack Canfield
62 Ruby Wax
63 Eben Alexander
64 Julia Cameron
65 Dan Millman
66 Caroline Myss
67 Daisaku Ikeda
68 Anita Moorjani
69 Andrew Forrest
70 Brian Weiss, M.D
71 Gregg Braden
72 Ajahn Brahm
73 Bruce H. Lipton, PhD
74 Byron Katie
75 Stanislav Grof, M.D.
76 Zainab Salbi
77 Steve Taylor
78 Esther Perel NEW
79 Robert Bly
80 Mooji
81 Jack Kornfield
82 Fritjof Capra
83 Satish Kumar
84 Adyashanti
85 James van Praagh
86 A.H. Almaas NEW
87 Starhawk
88 David Deida
89 David Frawley
90 Elaine Pagels
91 Daniel J. Siegel
92 Lisa Sterle NEW
93 Neil de Grasse Tyson NEW
94 Tori Hartman NEW
95 Sharon Salzberg
96 Christiane Northrup, M.D.
97 Elizabeth Lesser
98 Lee Carroll
99 Cynthia Bourgeault NEW
100 Tara Brach, Ph.D

To discover more about each spiritual teacher, pick up a copy of issue 64, Winter 2021 or read more right here on our website:

To read the list from 100–71please click here.

To read the list from 70–41, please click here.

To read the countdown from 40–11, please click here.

To read the Top 10 Most Spiritually Influential Living People in 2021, please click here.

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 January 1st, 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.

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