Those who teach on the subject of the law of attraction share the value of giving generously where we give not only of our excess but we give in the midst of our own struggle. Volunteerism assists us not only to manifest generosity but to generate creativity and life lest we fall into the prisons of stagnation and depression. In the periods between work contracts, volunteerism has often presented itself as a saving grace for me. True to the teaching, I have found in my own experience that opportunity regularly comes via a volunteering initiative.
Thus it follows that volunteerism is by no means a selfless act. While there is no financial reward and we sometimes have to invest money into the effort, conscious thinking will reveal a great many benefits to volunteerism. The few rewards mentioned here are but a sampling.
That said – there is also the reality of saturation. We reach a point that is not easily defined but clearly felt. On the physical level it shows up as disregard for self, over prioritising the needs of others and falling prey to manipulation and unfair demands. In the name of the cause, we surrender self care and forget the home fires which are smouldering to its death. Our inner martyr takes over and we are controlled to the point that we no longer negotiate our efforts wisely. The joy and wealth we initially experienced are replaced with resentment which brings with it an insidious toxin contaminating the relationship and the effort.
To find balance and ensure that our volunteerism is not toxic we must pay attention to that subtle point where the scales tip. That which we are giving and that which we are receiving must be in harmony. This harmony is only attainable when we practice conscious giving and that consciousness requires us to be authentic. We need to get beyond the romance and martyrdom of volunteerism. In authenticity,I embrace my confessed and unconfessed reasons for volunteering. As I let go of martyrdom, I afford myself the right to determine the terms of reference for my effort and in so doing, I make conscious choices that I can commit to and be responsible for. Conscious choices enable us to set healthy boundaries and release us from the guilt of saying no.