It was refreshing to find a list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People on the web - after all our society seems to be dominated by lists of the richest, sexiest, craziest, most powerful, most popular, etc. people.
So who compiled the list?
It was created by a London-based independent bookshop called Watkins Books, which is specialised in new, second-hand and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field. Another interesting fact about them is that they have existed for more than 100 years (the shop was established back in 1893) and have been at their present site since 1901. Nowadays they import books from around the world, and maintain an expert stuff of customer assistants. To be honest, I had never heard of them before, but will surely drop by next time when I visit London.
What were the criteria?
- The person has to be alive.
- The person has to have made a unique and spiritual contribution on a global scale.
- The person is frequently googled, appears in Nielsen Data, and highlighted in throughout the blogosphere.
The 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People:
Eckhart Tolle tops the list, followed by Dalai Lama and Dr Wayne W. Dyer. Many other favoruite authors of mine make the Top 20 (for example Paulo Coelho is number seven and Doreen Virtue number thirteen), but I was rather surprised by Oprah Winfrey's position at number eight. However, being born and bred in Europe, I have never watched her TV show and have only read about her tremendous empowering influence on women around the globe.
I am absolutely thrilled that someone thought of putting together such a list, and could imagine that it was only possible to do it with the help of the statistics by Google and the Nielsen Data; after all, spirituality has many paths and we tend to be inspired by different people at different times of our lives.
If I were to assemble a similar list today, I would have put Doreen Virtue on top, simply because her work is what resonates to me the most these days. Nevertheless, during different times of my life, number one would have been Dr Wayne W. Dyer, Louise L. Hay, Neale Donald Walsch, Paulo Coelho, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Vladimir Megre (yes, I've read some Anastasia books many years ago), Nelson Mandela, etc., or Brandon Bays, who is not even in this list.