I believe that O-Sensei gave us Aikido as a vehicle to a better self.
I strongly believe that you must thoroughly and systematically go through the physical side of Aikido for many many years to have the possibility of reaching the spiritual side.
Work through the physical side of Aikido with passion and commitment.
Aikido is so much more than just a martial art. Enjoy the journey.
Thanks Paul, great post, I agree with that and I think since I began Aikido changed me a little bit in that way.