Yes, I know of him. One of the beautiful things about the spiritual life is that when yearning, longing ... earnestness for Something Higher is present, we find suddenly that so many doors open.
Yes, I am in a group of about 8,000, mostly Westerners. I also know of groups which are way bigger than ours. In any case, we are evolving, only sometimes we grow in a spiral, that's all.
Twenty to thirty years ago, Meditation was taboo in some places; now the internet is full of CD's and tapes, with so many soothing music, songs and do-it-yourself lessons. Some schools have incorporated Mindfulness and many are seeking.
Each being will eventually seek meaning, purpose, whether he calls it Love for children; Philanthropy; social Justice or energy, it is all Spirit. There is really nothing that is not Consciousness, and as such atheists also believe, they just not hung up on the hypocrisy that sometimes show its ugly face in religion.
So yes, there is a great interest and an increase in spiritual awareness. God is not and has never been static. Much Love.