The aikido experience and kotodama
O-Sensei Ueshiba's connection to the Oomoto religion has been well documented. Also, the influence Oomoto had on aikido's post World War II development is also well documented.
The dojo where I learn aikido does not practice kotodama at all. I've had to explore kotodama on my own (mostly using the materials created by John Stevens Sensei). Finding other materials on kotodama is a bit difficult (the main Oomoto website doesn't appear to address it at all and Oomoto America - a Yahoo group only talks about it a little).
Can a student really experience aikido without incorporating kotodama (and possibly Oomoto)?