I feel very honoured and lucky to have received teachings and initiations from a few great masters and lineages carrying authentic millennia old mystical traditions such as Siberian shamanism, shamanism related Kashmiri tantra and esoteric Taoism.
Siberian tradition involves working with ritually made drum, blessed and consecrated (my drum is made by my teacher from Khakassia). Through the drumming I journey into other realms and interact with animal spirits, sages, ancestors, mythological beings etc. doing there a specific work that would benefit my client. I also feel that just the presence of my drum and its sound, without journeying, has a power to shift the energy around in a positive healing and blessing way.
Kashmiri Shaiva Kaula tradition involves merging with/getting possessed by tantric deities. I find these practices very powerful for guiding my work and supporting hand healing (with or without physical touch).
Taoist tradition that I practice involves merging with deities and immortals of Chinese origin, and similarly old shamanic bronze mirrors and old consecrated bowls that I work with make me encounter deities, saints, sages and various higher plane beings from other traditions and beliefs, for example Tibetan, Indian, Japanese and other.
All that stuff might sound crazy to our pragmatic minds. I’d say it just reflects the nature of our consciousness or subconsciousness, how it can operate on many levels, communicate through the archetypes as aspects of our psyche, and its ability to connect individuals to collective subconsciousness. In one word I’d say shamanism is a tool that enables an access to one big Consciousness beyond the limited ego.