Yes! A local teacher here in the Pacific North West introduced this at a seminar I attended. Not sure about the deeply human, spiritual connection (that sounds like a bit of "transference" on your part) but will meditate on that further. Yamabiko is very helpful for static technique for me.
Thanks for keeping things lively Bjorn!
Very interesting post Bjorn. I had never thought of it quite in those terms before.
Russ, to which seminar are you referring? I'd like to keep it on my radar for next time around (since I'm not that far away from you).