I don't want to preach or whine, and hope my musing comes across as intended. Over many years of living in the United States, I have noticed that a modality, or a products makes itself known and shortly thereafter becomes a craze. Why not? If something is great we want to share it with as many people as possible. However, I am now seeing a development with the Tibetan sacred sound instruments that causes some concern. That is, the tendency for people to purchase them, take my course, ( or someone else's) ... and still miss the point. The point being, the instruments are about Self Transformation first and foremost- then about working with others. It seems that as soon as someone gets one of these fantastic instruments they want to show it, play it, and create a sound healing for others. Of course, it is natural to share the excitement of it all. From my perspective tho, it is a bit like showing others how to meditate or do yoga when one hasn't established a real practice or level of skill oneself. True, the bowls do lend themselves to sharing with others, but the journey with the 'self' is such a powerful gift it is a pity when it is overlooked.
Tibetan bowls are great instruments of healing and transformation in the Buddhist tradition. They gently guide us to our still spot, a place of great quiet where we can feel our interconnection to all things. They help us to experience the texture of 'allowing' vs 'doing' and to extend that texture into more and more areas of our every day lives. My hope is that all that come upon these instruments will take plenty of time to know them, before using them for the benefit of others. In this way they will have developed the skill and knowledge to be the best guide and witness for someone else's journey.