Bernie has been named one of the top 20 Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet by the Watkins Review which is published by Watkins Books, an esoteric bookshop in the heart of London, England. Established over 100 years ago, they are now one of the world’s leading independent bookshops specializing in new, second-hand and antiquarian titles in the Mind, Body, Spirit field.

Taking on the not-so-simple task of naming the most popular authors, religious leaders and spiritual teachers in the world today, Watkins has produced a list of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People on the Planet. Published in the Spring of 2011 issue of their magazine, The Watkins Review, the list was compiled by taking several factors into consideration. The main 3 factors were:

  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 highlighted throughout the blogosphere.

The Watkins Review plans on publishing the 100 Spiritual Power List on an annual basis. This year’s list is featured on their blog: