Hey Dave, I'm with you about babies. They're amazing teachers.
Here's a baby working his Moro reflex. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erythu7xZ1U
Great extension. Creates a tuned outer diaphragm by stretching his skin, which drains and neutralizes the energy in his body. Then, on the next inhalation, discharges the remaining energy by sounding his inner diaphragm - through that little cry. Baby Kotodama. A true master.
I attended a dance class today where the teacher was talking about some of the same things you're saying.
I am much more comfortable with some of your statements in the context of dance than I am with them in martial arts.
A dancer doesn't need to justify anything they say.
A martial artist must justify his words with proofs.
And it's not good to put up a picture of Shioda to back you up because you're just saying that you understand what he's doing. In martial arts, we can't justify our words with someone else's ability. Our understanding has to be expressed in our own bodies.
I'll be interested in seeing you apply your ideas in your own action.