Re: Bowing to Kamidana/Kamiza
I'm intrigued by the use of the words kami and spirit in this thread. I'm at work so I'll need to be brief!
I am an atheist, I do not believe spirits are watching my training. However, I do respect the spirit of the men and women who's knowledge and experience I am about to share - in other words I respect their attitude, and by showing my respect (bowing) indicate my intention to share their spirit/attitude in my training with humility.
I have no problem showing my respect and thanks for the spirit/attitude of someone who has died. We do it each year when we wear a poppy on Remembrance Day. It is a specific time of the day/year/training to be respectful and remember the others who's effort and work allow me to be where I am today.
Sorry for the brevity, I hope I didn't lose any clarity.