There comes a point in many of our lives when we understand, or at least intuit, that the peace and happiness for which we long can never be found in an object, substance, activity, circumstance or relationship. This understanding does not imply that we lose interest in the world or that we no longer engage with objects, activities and relationships, but simply that we no longer do so for the purpose of finding peace, happiness and love in them.
The flow of abundance can get blocked at any one of six steps:
Clarify your purpose. Have a clear sense of what your life is about and what you value most.
Look for lessons in your areas of shortage. The aspects of your life where there is a lack exist to teach you something.
Learn to be grateful for what you do have. Move beyond distorted perceptions and see clearly the parts of your life where you are greatly blessed.
Give what you can. By joyfully and freely giving, you redefine yourself as someone whose life is abundant.
Expect and accept the good that comes to you. Be alert to the necessary resources in whatever form they may come—expected or unexpected.
Giving and receiving build community. Be open to building or reinforcing interpersonal relations based on mutual care.
Look over the list of six points. Which one of them seems weakest in your life? That is, which one is most in need of further application? Make a personal commitment to do something about it and follow through with your resolution.
–Mark Thurston from Edgar Cayce Handbook of Creating Your Future