During the last year of Morihei Ueshiba's life, Isao Takahashi Sensei
was invited to join the founder for two weeks at Iwami. When he got back, he spoke about a moment he had with O Sensei.
They were walking down a road, when O Sensei suddenly turned to him and said, "I'm finally beginning to understand what this Aikido thing is.".
For O Sensei, Aikido was something that was already there. Like the sky, earth or ocean, it was there before he was born and would exist long after he was gone.
Aikido was something that happened when O Sensei practiced. He didn't consciously invent
or plan it. He would also have to try and understand Aikido, just like the rest of us.