About Us

Good morning! Welcome to The Meditation Center, based in the heart of Jackson County, NC.  Our mantra is “Find Your Peace,” and our mission is to teach the principles of meditation and Divine Metaphysics as a serene way of life.  Our center is a study group inspired by spiritual teachings from many sources.

We offer a variety of classes and lectures in meditation and spirituality designed to help you navigate more peacefully through the challenges and obstacles of life.  All are welcome!  Please see our calendar for our current schedule of activities and events.  Whether you want to simply learn how to relax, or explore the connection to the God within, we’re sure you will find a light on your path of unfoldment!

Select “What’s Going On” on the main menu for information about current News, Classes, and our full Calendar, or click on the link to the right to sign up for e-mail updates twice a month.

What we are

The Meditation Center is a spiritually-based learning environment designed to emphasize fulfillment and satisfaction through relaxation, breathing and concentration techniques. These techniques can be used for anything from shedding the stresses of everyday life and living a more peaceful existence, to deepening a connection with the universal spiritual truths that guide us from within.

Our motto is “Find Your Peace.” Only you can determine what your peace is, but through relaxation and spiritual understanding, you can achieve a more fulfilling life, no matter your profession, history or faith background. We operate on the simple philosophy that there is truth found in all traditions, and that no one path is better or more correct than any other, as long as each of us is striving to be a better person, acting out of love and compassion, and living by the Golden Rule.

“There is one God and Father of all, who is over all, through all, and in all.”

Ephesians 4:5-6 CEB

What we do

Of course, we teach you how to Find Your Peace through meditation and inward reflection, but it’s so much more. We help you discover more about yourself on your path of self-awareness and self-realization: learning that each one of us is an individualized image, or expression, of the “All”: the infinite creative essence of the universe which we refer to as God. More importantly, we seek understanding of the powerful gifts (and responsibilities!) that come with expressing the image of God that we are.

We often use examples found in scripture. Every person, place, and circumstance found in the stories of scripture represent aspects of our Consciousness, individually and collectively, and the challenges and triumphs we experience along the way. While the examples we use mostly come from biblical scripture, we honor and respect the meaningful lessons found in all faith traditions, and even in everyday life!

Through these teachings, we learn how to work through our situations, instead of pushing back against them. We learn to experience the events of our life as lessons instead of rewards or punishment.

To help you understand what we mean, we prepared an affirmative meditation as a brief example of how the stories of the Bible reflect our own spiritual journey. Click here to read.

“I assure you that whoever believes in me will do the works that I do. They will do even greater works than these…”

John 14:12 (CEB)

What to expect

While we have fun in our work, we take our mission seriously. Some first-time visitors are surprised to find that we’re just regular folks. We are a spiritual community of nice, friendly people from all walks of life – no judgment, no expectations.

We all have our individual passions that resonate with us, but we don’t want them to be distractions while you are visiting with us. Our focus is on growing and learning together. This isn’t a place for promoting agendas and lifestyles, other than helping you to Find Your Peace in a way that works for you!

We acknowledge everyone’s right to believe what they want, and we encourage you to pursue teachings and hobbies that resonate with your interests through appropriate venues. In the same vein, we ask for the same respect in return when you visit The Meditation Center.

For classes, we ask that you arrive on time with an open heart and mind, remaining focused on the topic at hand, respecting the facilitator, and avoiding interrupting classes with off-topic subject matter. If you have a burning question that isn’t covered in our classes, please let us know before or after, or contact us separately. Our Metaphysical Q&A website is also a great place to explore and learn! Either way, we’re happy to help in any way we can, or point you in a helpful direction if that’s what you need!

Many of our class listings include a “What to Expect” section which will give you an idea about how the class is structured. Some meditations are held in low light, or may require extended periods of sitting, involve musical instruments or sound devices, or other conditions that you may need to be aware of. Whatever the topic, we want you to arrive on time and be prepared for a fulfilling experience. Plan your visit here.

If our classes inspire your interest in other topics that you would like to pursue in a discussion forum, please let us know.

Facilitators

Our facilitators are Randy Doster and Mark Stein, who are here to help you find your peace. They are both ordained ministers with certifications in Metaphysical Studies and other spiritual disciplines. We also invite guest facilitators to lead classes from time to time.

We are here not only to provide instructional and spiritual guidance through our classes and activities, but also to assist you with other services. Please introduce yourself when you come to visit. We’d love to meet you!

Our logo

Our logo is a representation of a Lotus, a symbol of spiritual unfoldment. The lotus grows up from the darkness of the mud beneath the water’s surface. As it grows, its stalk reaches toward the light, where it opens up, petal by petal, unfolding into a stunning blossom, just as we unfold on our path of spiritual progression. The Sanskrit mantra, “Om mani padme hum” means literally, “Hail to the jewel in the lotus, Amen.” The Metaphysical interpretation is, “I (we) honor the truth that exists in the world, Amen.”

The colors of the petals are associated with the energy centers aligned in our bodies, known in eastern culture as “chakras.” The royal purple in the center represents higher spirituality and insight.

Anti-discrimination policy

The Meditation Center prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.

Our location

The Meditation Center is located in a quiet neighborhood just a short distance from the business corridor on East Main Street. The building we occupy was originally a private home, built in 1930. It has been renovated several times over the decades, and while configured to our needs, it retains the rustic charm of a country cottage. Get directions here.

Tax deductions

The Meditation Center, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization eligible for tax-deductible donations as permitted by law, through our affiliation with the United Metaphysical Churches. The United Metaphysical Churches, headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia (EIN 38-6122283) is a nationwide organization which is listed in the Cumulative List of Organizations described in Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as a central organization holding a group exemption letter, whose subordinate units covered by the group exemption are also included as having contributions deductible, even though they are not separately listed.

Our status as a charitable organization can be confirmed at 501c3Lookup.org or by writing to the secretary of the Board of Trustees of the United Metaphysical Churches, 2107 Electric Rd. SW Suite 101, Roanoke, VA 24018-1987.

Specific circumstances determine your ability to claim tax deductions for charitable donations. Consult with a tax professional regarding your eligibility.

More Information

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for helpful information about our Center, or explore the main menu for more information about our programs and how to participate.