Kevin you said it yourself
"You can never GET IT unless you have the spiritual aspects integrated. As far as I am concerned, why waste your time studying the art if this is not your goal...there are much more fun martial arts out there that focus on techniques, dominating and winning."
To me that is religious regardless if it is dogmatic or not. And I also see Ki as a religious concept as well.
Then I cannot fathom why you even spend your time here???
Because some Aikidoka keep throwing chum in the water by starting threads about judo, I will keep swimming around awhile until i know there is no more blood in the water. Then i will go peacefully back to judoinfo.com.