We all understand Aikido from our previous and ongoing experiences and training. Most people in Aikido have previous martial arts or sports experience and there are some on this forum whose frame of reference is training and riding horses. What is your frame of reference for better understanding your experience with Aikido?
Most people attempt to understand something new in the frame of reference of something old.
Which can actually inhibit or prevent new learning that is outside to old model paradigm.
While my prior martial arts training was helpful in the discipline, it did present an obstacle to learning the new principles and movements.
Perhaps this make a good case of Shoshin (beginner's mind)?