I agree with Steve's decision and his reasoning for closing down the forums. We realize it's a valuable place for so many people, and I hope everyone will find and make connections in their offline world and stay in touch with friends they've made online.
people have asked me if I am willing to host the forums on my site, but I am not. It was a headache for Steve and he had the technical expertise to maintain the site. I do not, nor would I want to learn.
I myself derived a great deal of value from the forum. I've met many friends here that have become friends offline. We will find new ways to stay in touch. You can friend me on facebook
if you like, and don't forget that Steve still posts on Google+.
And remember that every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end. Go forth boldly. Seek out those around you who are into conscious growth. Learn and practice growth together.