Re: Aikido minus mysticism: a step forward
While Kevin can argue that the mystical teachings involved in Aikido are not "dogma," I think I disagree. The word "Love" can be very dogmatic for example, depending upon what exactly is meant by the person saying it. The same can go for many other Aikido spiritual concepts that appear at first to be free of anything religious or political yet are used for exactly those purposes. Another example is the word "Peace," another common Aikido term that is in my view is abused by many Aikidoka.
While on the face it seems the concepts are innocent and free of dogma, yet there is often dogma attached to them. This is why it is better to remove these concepts all together from the practice of Aikido and leave it up to the individual to have their own spiritual experience free from this influence.