This group is a companion to the group of the same name on Facebook and YouTube. For more information on T.G.I.Forum, please see https://www.facebook.com/TGIForumNow/ . This group is intended to be a vehicle for organizing events that are in alignment with the purposes of T.G.I.Forum.
The Growth and Integrity Forum, like the Roman Forum, is a meeting place where a variety of activities in support of growth, in integrity, might occur.
Many around this planet may be addressing similar issues in their own lives. They may all be part of the same work, but because of physical separation, they may not connect. This was labeled by Kurt Vonnegut as a karass - a spontaneously forming group, joined by unpredictable links, that actually gets stuff done— as Vonnegut describes it, "a team that do[es] God's Will without ever discovering what they are doing."
In the past, connecting with one’s karass was constrained by distance and physical separation. But as the Netflix series Sense8 recognized, connection is possible. We can now join together through our respective electronic avitars, magically dancing across the planet so that we can actually meet and converse with clusters around the world.
Guided by the Buddhist 8-fold path of right view, right resolve, right speech, right conduct, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right samadhi (“meditative absorption or union), the Forum is intended as a place where our respective avitars can meet and these conversations can occur. Central to growth is the alignment of insight, purpose, passion, and action. But in order to achieve alignment, one must be able to access and “know” one’s truth. Yet knowing our truth may not be so easy seeing how we’ve been programmed since birth.
Just like the ancient mariners, you need a compass (and the skills to use it) before you can navigate and your course stays true. A compass that is out of alignment can throw you off course - just one degree can make all the difference. And all of this must be done in integrity.