Re: Discussion of Spirituality from an Aikido Perspective.
I respect what you are saying (which means, of course that I am about to disagree). Certainly "Aikido as a metaphor for something else" has its value. But metaphors only get me so far. I experience Aikido spirituality as the thing that is happening in the very moment when I am practicing and I think one can actually create a practical training framework for this process which is just as valid as the physical doing part.
I was in closer agreement when you said "For me Aikido is much like a Zen Koan, it asks of us a seemingly impossible question, this acts to force us into a state of intuition."