"This is comparable to AWASE in that no attempt is made to directly oppose power, but control is gained by merging into the power and disabling it."
Kisshomaru's interpretation = the Way of fitting in with another person's Ki
Ueshiba's interpretation = Contradictory forces in a spiral with you at the center.
David Alexander's awase = Who do you think it sounds like? Does it sound like Ueshiba's definition of any of the principles of aiki?
Actually, this really sounds like what someone above in the thread - Chris Li maybe - said, that awase is a result of aiki. Maybe you would prefer if David Alexander had described the situation as the incoming force running into the body with in and yo balanced within, and the inbound force loses control and disables itself?
Personally I prefer imagery that is more volitional. David Alexander's works better for me.
Thanks for the explication, btw. It is obviously very important for you to feel validated that what you are doing is exactly what Osensei was doing.