Michael Bernard Beckwith is an African American New Thought minister, author, and founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center in Culver City, California, a New Thought church with a congregation estimated in excess of 8,000 members. Beckwith was ordained in Religious Science in 1985 . He was married to New Thought musician Rickie Byars Beckwith.
In 1986, he founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a transdenominational community which today counts a membership of 9,000 individuals who study and practice New Thought–Ancient Wisdom. Agape's outreach programs feed the homeless, serve incarcerated individuals and their families, advocate the preservation of the planet's environmental resources, and globally build and support orphanages whose children have survived the ravages of war and AIDS.
Beckwith was one of the featured teachers in The Secret (2006) movie and the bestselling book by the same name that followed the film.
Beckwith teaches meditation, affirmative prayer, and speaks at conferences and seminars. He is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, a technique purporting to offer its practitioners a method for putting a stop to being a passive tourist in one's life. He is author of Spiritual Liberation, which won the Gold Medal Nautilus Book Award, Inspirations of the Heart, which was a Nautilus Book Award finalist; Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast; A Manifesto of Peace; and Living from the Overflow. In 2011, Beckwith released TranscenDance, a collection of remixed lectures set to electronic dance music by Stephen Bray and John Potoker. Beckwith was named to Oprah's SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016.
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- Video of Michael Beckwith with the Dalai Lama during filming of the documentary "Dalai Lama Renaissance"
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