Deepak Chopra

  • Ministry: The Chopra Center for Well Being in La Jolla, California.
  • Books include:The Deeper Wound: Recovering the Soul from Fear and Suffering (2001).
  • Teaching: An enlightened human consciousness can heal the body; based on Hindu principles.

Iyanla Vanzant

  • Ministry: Priestess of the Yoruba religion; founder of Inner Visions Worldwide.
  • Books include:One Day My Soul Just Opened Up (1998).
  • Teaching: People should apply "universal principles" in order to "activate the spiritual laws which support the evolution of humanity."

Marianne Williamson

  • Ministry: Leads the Church of Today in Warren, Michigan, one of the largest "New Thought" churches.
  • Books include:A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles (1992).
  • Teaching: Reinterprets Christian doctrines within a New Age framework. For example, "Christ" refers to the common thread of divine love within every human mind.

Gary Zukav

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