I would say that awase is an effect rather than a cause. It may seem like quibbling, but I think that it ends up making a rather significant difference.
It does seem a little quibbling: Are you now saying awase (musubi)
is something that happens as a result
of Aiki, even though earlier in this thread you considered the idea that awase could actually be
Aiki, as a question?
Yes, although I knew much less then than I do now, and by the time I was getting deeper into this the elder Saito was too ill to interact with very much.
Saito Sensei passed away a decade ago in 2002 so this isn't quite the current IP/Aiki situation I meant. In any case, I think you were lucky, even if you couldn't interact much with Saito Shihan. I missed out on that myself.
Did you get to meet or train with any of the other old sempai?