lets face it the aikido dream is over
How about you be more specific. *What* dream is over? It's interesting that you pick the word "dream" as for me personally, I do see this as sort of an awakening.
BTW, I spent the day in seclusion doing iaido (Tim, I guess I should say Iai Batto Ho
), zazen, and the body conditioning exercises. It's amazing how the exercises tune the body awareness. I could really feel the effect when sitting.......