Dan, thanks for your continued responses.
Is this referring to go no sen, sen no sen and sensen no sen? I mentioned this earlier as one of many possible concepts of awase. This isn't the concept of awase I think was meant in the OP. It certainly isn't Osensei's.
From my phone at 36,000'
1. I was describing how these are used in martial application. Hence the three sen. O'sensei's ...use...of sen is in a self defense mode similar to his teacher and peers in DR. It doesn't have to be, it's a choice in the DR lineage.
2. Ueshiba's model is defensive but more importantly...here we have him...yet again...agreeing with me that it is in managing oneself, moving oneself that creates aiki and compels the opponent. and controls him. Thus, there is theoretically..."no enemy" Hence his comment that ...he controls the enemy, without trying to control him"....by changing himself. It is my view that it was this point where the students parted ways with him. They...resorted to external movement only...thus missing the key aspects of his aiki.
Again he embodied my saying
Aiki in me, before aiki between thee and me..
Its all so simple.