Recently, though, I've found myself in a position where workings and rituals can't be performed by the person who needs it, and so I become their proxy. It's deepening my magical and spiritual work on the one hand, and on the other it's opening my eyes to whole new pantheons and ways of looking at the world.
Recently, I've been working a lot with Irish deities, a group that has never really gotten along well with me (with some notable exceptions). This alone is an interesting experience, but approaching a deity you have never had a relationship with is somewhat strange. I often feel like I should produce a letter of introduction, something from the person who I'm representing, but that's not always possible, either.
But there's no real discomfort, so much as there is real strangeness to it. Fortunately, the Chaote in me thrives on that sort of feeling, and the Priest sort of goes along for the ride. It works out well in the end, I think.
It also may be very helpful that I've worked with some of the weirdest, most indescribably terrifying deities and religions out there. I mean, sure: I'd rather work with Cthulhu than Kali any day, but how scary can Kali really be when you've seen that dream-encrusted eye in R'lyeh open slowly and stare right through you? A bunch of arms and a couple of human skulls ain't got nothin' on that experience.
The process of working for others, though, presents a unique problem that I have always had an eye on: time spent on others reduces time spent on the self. This aspect, in particular, where I am increasing the amount of religious work I do for others, could have a detrimental effect on how much religious work I do for myself.
But, I think, it is awareness of this potential and a strong sense of what I need that will keep me from feeling that effect.