Excellent article , Mitch.
Repeating a couple of points, for emphasis:
~ "....realize that the responsibility is on them and not the instrument or instruments they are using. ...it’s not the instrument itself, but the consciousness behind it. The practitioner is the true instrument, and the bell or bowl is their tools."
So important, so essential, yet so often missed. Has one spent years and decades, meditating, practicing Qigong, Taiji, Yoga, learning to play an instrument, studying a musical form, walking in the woods, sitting in nature and listening - just listening, deeply.... listening to their own mind, emotions, feeling senses... etc...etc....awakening their consciousness, listening to trees and birds, to spirit, feeling energy movement..... listening to the communication of rain and river, and the movement of life's communication through the dimensions of our own being? And listening, feeling, being deeply present with each other, with our fellow humans as well as animals, trees and the movements of the wind?
This is what contributes to the depth and expanse of the true instrument, of the practitioner...... far more than another "this is how you hit this instrument and wave it over your client's head" 'training'.
~ "...the nearly hysterical level that things like frequencies, tuning references, chakras, binaural beats, or the host of other ‘ideas’ people gravitate to, which substitute for the skillset of the practitioner."
~ "Many feel that left to themselves, they can just ‘learn’ on the job, they don’t require guidance or training."
Another unfortunate reality that overruns and degrades this field. Not unlike the current occupant of the White House. Sadly, I've encountered more than a few that even openly reject guidance or training - like it's some sort of contrived territorialism. Do we accept and allow the same approach for our brain surgeons, psychologists, chemists, automotive designers, mechanics, architects, policemen, chiropractors etc...etc....? Yes, we all learn on the job - but there was a time when certain arts expected and demanded a very significant time commitment and level of training, mentoring and apprenticeship before one was to ever even be "on the job". Thankfully we still require this of our brain surgeons.