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2015 Watkins Spiritual 100 List

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Dalai Lama by Christopher Michel (CC)

Watkins Books has published its annual “most spiritual” people list for 2015, including quite a few friends and allies of disinformation®. Check out all one hundred names here; the top ten are:

1. Dalai Lama
2. Pope Francis
3. Eckhart Tolle
4. Thich Nhat Hanh
5. Desmond Tutu
6. Deepak Chopra
7. Paulo Coelho
8. Oprah Winfrey
9. Ram Dass
10. Alice Walker

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The 100 Most Spiritual People Of 2013

There are several disinformation friends on this year's most spiritual people list, including Alex Grey at No. 12 and Graham Hancock (No. 55). Commentary from Watkins Books:
This year’s list is more global and diverse than ever before. The youngest person on the list is Jeff Foster (32 years old) and the oldest person is Kyozan Joshu Sasaki (105 years old). We are also sad to report that Stephen Covey who was on last year’s list, passed away in July, 2012.
Here are the top ten – check out the rest at Watkins Books: 1. Dalai Lama 2. Thich Nhat Hanh 3. Eckhart Tolle 4. Deepak Chopra...
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Occult Map Of New York

Screen shot 2011-08-05 at 8.47.12 AMLast year the venerable Watkins Books published a Spiritual Sightings Map of London. The intent was always to expand the map globally and now disinformation author Gary Lachman (Turn Off Your Mind) has contributed an Occult Map of New York:

I had already been living in New York on East 10th Street for a few months when in the early spring of 1975 I was asked to play bass in a fledgling rock band that would later become fairly successful. Their name was Blondie and their bass player had quit to join another group, Television.

CBGB on the Bowery was just starting to make a name for itself and would soon become the home of an honest-to-goodness scene. Soon after joining the group I had to give up my place on East 10th, and I moved in with the singer and guitarist. Their tiny flat in Little Italy, however, quickly proved too small for the three of us, and by that summer we had found a new nest, an illegal sub-let in a loft space above a liquor store (off license) at 266 Bowery.

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Spiritual Sightings Map of London

spiritual sightingsPerfectly timed for All Hallows’ Eve, London’s leading esoteric bookshop, Watkins Books, has published a Spiritual Map of London:

Have you been a witness to the paranormal? Had a spiritual experience in a place that has a special energy? Do you want to locate the nearest mind, body & spirit courses, pilgrimages, and secret society lodges? Visit Watkins’ spiritual sightings map to discover and share those special spots.

We’ve listed here lots of special places that make up a spiritual map of London, but feel free to contribute spiritual sightings from all over the world – let’s make a spiritual map of the Earth! (Click on Submit Incident to add your own sighting) 😉

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Watkins Books Lives

As a quick and happy update to my recent post about London’s legendary esoteric book shop, Watkins, closing, Publishers Weekly now reports that a buyer has been found:

Just two weeks before it was to be liquidated American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld stepped forward and purchased the 113-year old institution, which stocks crystals, jewelry, and statues as well as books.

Ilfeld, who owns a nearby art gallery, Tenderpixel, plans to maintain Watkins’s identity as an independent esoteric bookstore. “It’s not everyday that you have the opportunity to save a century-old business,” said Ilfeld. “I don’t believe that spirituality in London is dead and will do my best to ensure that Watkins Books will be sustainable and survive the 21st century.”

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Save Watkins Books!

Watkins bookshopFor anyone interested in esoteric and occult books, one of the very finest shops in the world is London’s Watkins Books. For those of you with deep pockets, please dig deep and buy the business out of bankruptcy/administration. From The Bookseller:

London’s oldest esoteric bookshop and Cecil Court ‘institution’ Watkins Books has gone into administration with 11 members of staff losing their jobs.

The bookshop, which was founded in 1897 and moved to Cecil Court in 1901, closed down yesterday (23rd February), following the appointment of administrator Harris Lipman. A sign displayed on the shop’s window read: “Shop Closed Today”.

Tim Bryars, secretary of the Cecil Court Association, told The Bookseller that it had “taken everybody by surprise”. It is understood that trading had been slower than usual, for a number of reasons including increased online competition and the bad weather. The company was hit by a Capital Gains Tax bill of £500,000, which it had been appealing against.

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