Mike Sigman wrote:
Fune Kogi Undo is a training. Furitama is actually a form of training, too. While there may be a connotation of "spritual cleansing" based upon a philosophical view of the Misogi practices, there is a practical overlay that I think should always be searched for.
Since I'm not really a believer in Shinto where these and other such practices originated from (and before that likely originated from China or Inida or wherever), that is something I am constantly thinking about as well. I really believe it is important to do these exercises properly, not just the form, as I think doing so will provide some significant, practical benefits for our practice in aikido.