Frequently Asked Questions

The Meditation Center focuses on classes and activities designed to help you find peace in your life through meditation and spiritual understanding.  Our center provides an opportunity for our visitors to explore their spiritual path and to find peace in their lives. We offer generic classes for relaxation, as well as spiritually-based meditation as we continue together on our path of growth and unfoldment.

There are many forms of meditation that pervade all cultures that are designed for different purposes or goals. What you will find is that we teach spiritual principles that are enhanced or fulfilled through meditation. There are many different ways to achieve a meditative state. We do not subscribe to any particular meditation regimen or technique. Our goal is to teach a variety of techniques so that each visitor can decide for themselves what works best for them. Some people prefer to sit in a chair while others prefer to sit on the floor or in a reclining position. Some prefer music while others like silence. Some like guided meditations, while others prefer quiet contemplation. Some like darkness, while others prefer to sit with a candle or in a lit room. What works for some may not work well for others. Only you can decide what works for you.

We accept donations for all of our activities. Some classes may have a requested donation amount, and some are offered on a freewill donation basis, depending on the content of the class or the arrangements we have made with the instructor. We do not turn anyone away for the inability to pay. Of course, we lovingly accept all donations, whether monetary or through service in kind. Click here for more information about our class donation philosophy.

What does “freewill” mean?

We do not have free classes, but we do have free will. Rather than setting a specific price for most of our classes, we leave it up to you to think about and decide what the class is worth to you. Remember that whatever you give toward your spiritual growth is rewarded many times over! And your donations help us cover our expenses and be of service to our community.

We were on East Main Street for almost eight years, however, we surrendered our space to make room for a road widening project. Our new facility is located nearby at 21 Browning Road. See our Hours and Directions page for directions. See our Classes page for our scheduled classes and our Calendar page for our complete schedule.

We are not offering online classes at this time, however, we provide an extensive selection of pre-recorded material, which can be enjoyed at your convenience, including healing meditations and informative Metaphysical lessons. Additional online classes and activities are sponsored by our friends at the Washington Metaphysical Church. View our Classes page for information about these activities.

We don’t offer drop-in hours, though we may occasionally schedule open time for specific events. Our sessions are structured in a way for us to focus together on our spiritual unfoldment. Visit the calendar page of our website for our current schedule. And if you would like to make an appointment to stop by and meditate, or to discuss any of our other services, please contact us.

  • For special classes, we recommend that you sign up by using the registration link on our Classes page (not all classes have registration links), or by email at info@meditate-wnc.org or by calling/texting us at 828 356-1105 to let us know you are coming. This helps us avoid cancellations.
  • Shoes are not permitted in our meeting space except for our Monthly Metaphysical Lesson. Please bring socks (we can lend you a pair if you forget).
  • Out of respect for our guests who have allergies, please refrain from using essential oils or fragrances.
  • Classes and meditation sessions start promptly at the scheduled time. Please plan to arrive and be seated at least 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Doors close when the class begins. If you are running late, we’ll see you next time!
  • If you are going to be meditating with us, you may want to wear layered clothing or bring a sweater, as our bodies tend to chill when we relax.
  • For class-specific guidelines, refer to our Plan your visit page.

With the lifting of the health emergency by the federal government, we have relaxed our rules, but we expect people to be prudent and respectful of other people’s vulnerabilities, not just for COVID, but for any contagious illness. We welcome face coverings, and encourage them for those who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated. Masking may be required if an outbreak is reported in our area, or at the request of a facilitator. We welcome you to visit, but first, please review our Health Safety and Attendance policies before you arrive, and register, if required to attend a specific class. Visit our Classes page for details. There are no specific seating limits unless otherwise specified, however, we do reserve the right to limit attendance to avoid overcrowding. Please plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to class start time to be seated.

Yes! The Meditation Center is a non-profit charitable organization eligible for tax-deductible donations as permitted by law*. Donations may be made by cash, check, PayPal or Venmo. Please make donations payable to “The Meditation Center.” Visit our Donations page for details.

We are a volunteer-based organization, so of course, we also value the donation of your time and talent. If you have a special skill or professional training that you can share with us, please let us know!

*Please consult with a tax professional to determine how tax laws apply to your specific circumstances.

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Donations from classes and activities, or those made directly to the center are used to cover our operating expenses (rent, utilities, repayment of loans, maintenance, supplies, marketing/advertising, community membership and other ordinary expenses). We also strive to support local community organizations and activities. Our facilitators work on a volunteer basis to keep expenses to a minimum. The donations we receive help to make our programs available to you. We also believe in the Law of Attraction: Whatever we give is returned to us in kind many times over. This applies not only to you, our visitors, but also to our Center as an active participant in our community. Together we maintain a continuous cycle of giving and receiving for the highest good of all concerned!

Consciousness in its simplest form means “awareness.” In the context of our center, it means that we are aware that all things are part of God’s creation, which we honor and respect. It is the awareness that God is not a person waiting to judge us, but rather the creative essence, which expresses in and through us, and all things. We use terms like “Consciousness” and “awareness” to express the realization of our oneness with all of creation. We also use the word “Consciousness” when referring to a specific state of mind. One of our favorite affirmations is “I am the light of God Consciousness manifesting and expressing in and through a physical body.”

Not exactly. Meditation is quieting your mind and maintaining focus to connect with higher consciousness and all that is. Mindfulness is a method of maintaining awareness of your present state in the present moment. Of course, mindfulness is a useful way to maintain focus, which is a crucial part of meditation. We often include elements of mindfulness in our meditations, however it’s important to remember that they are not the same thing – they are complementary practices. You can be mindful without meditating, and you can meditate without using specific mindfulness techniques.

Not exactly. Prayer is setting an intention or an affirmation with God or the Universe. You might think of meditation as listening for inspiration from God or the Universe. One can include elements of prayer in a meditation (or vice versa) but they are not the same thing. They are complementary practices.

We don’t recommend making an investment in meditation accessories until you know what works best for you. A quiet, comfortable place is all you really need. If you find something that enhances your meditation experience, then by all means take advantage of it, as long as it is within your means. If you choose to create a particular ritual that works for you, we ask that you don’t become dependent on it. True meditation can be accomplished in virtually any circumstances without anything except being equipped with a willingness to find peace within yourself. Change your routine occasionally to breathe new life into your meditation. Try new things, but don’t allow material objects or atmosphere to limit or influence your ability to meditate successfully. No object, place, sound or substance can “make” you meditate any more or less successfully than your own desire and willingness to do so. Nothing more, nothing less.

No. Even though we are chartered as a religious organization, we do not operate as a church. Our primary purpose is education, which is achieved through classes and lectures.

In the purest sense of the word, yes. Most of our activities are non-denominational, which draw from methodologies and wisdom of many cultures, and are compatible with virtually any faith tradition. Some of our teachings are scripturally-based, however, we honor and respect the path of all individuals as they find their way on their own journey through their personal exploration of truth. Our Metaphysical lessons and philosophy are Bible-based, and we honor the teachings of Jesus, as well as other holy avatars of God. We call it Divine Metaphysics, which some describe as “mystical Christianity.”

We do not subscribe to any specific doctrine, rather we explore the deeper mystical meaning of Judeo-Christian scripture and other sources of wisdom to learn about our role and purpose as spiritual beings, and to provide a stronger path of confidence and upliftment as we progress in the continual unfoldment of our own Christ Consciousness. And of course, we honor the essence of Jesus’ spiritual lessons: Set aside selfish desires and be a good, kind person. If you mess up, keep working at it until you get it right.

We are not here to tell you what to believe. We want you to find your own path to peace! All are welcome.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

Jimi Hendrix

We do not have wifi, and for an important reason. You (and we) do not need distractions as we concentrate on finding our peace. We ask that you leave your mobile devices in your car or at home. We promise you won’t need them during our classes! If you have a need to bring a device into the building, it should be turned off* (not in silent or vibrate mode). We hate to insist, but if your device disrupts our classes, you may be asked to leave.

Like one of our local restaurants used to humorously say: “We don’t have wifi. Pretend it’s 1995 and spend time with each other!”

*If you require a medical device that could be disruptive in a meditative group setting, please let us know so we can work with you to accommodate your circumstances. We are happy to work with you to determine best option for meeting your spiritual needs, including private sessions, if needed.

The building we are in is nearly 100 years old, and was not built to modern accessibility requirements. If you need assistance accessing our space, we are happy to provide what help we can. Assistance is required for handicap access. Please contact us ahead of time if you have any questions or concerns. We will be happy to make appropriate arrangements for you to participate in our classes, if at all possible.

If you require medical equipment that could be disruptive in a meditative group setting, please let us know so we can work with you to accommodate your circumstances. We are happy to work with you to determine best option for meeting your spiritual needs, including private sessions, if needed.

Yes. 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.

We have created a welcoming community that fosters inclusiveness and mutual respect inspired by the Golden Rule. We welcome everyone!

Well, you were pretty close, except for maybe 50 miles, a couple of counties and one letter. You have reached The Meditation Center in Sylva, NC. That extra “t” in our name makes a big difference!

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Updated 6/18/2024