Following on from my last thread 'home of spirit' where I talked about non-resistance it leads me to share another understanding of mine...non-opposition.
When studying the words of O'Sensei I would say by taking them as given by him, being a spiritual man, then he is in fact giving principles to be learned and discovered.
When people talk about 'what does enlightened mean' I would say it is best to look at such things from the view of one definition which is awakened. So very simply a person with something good, some part of true self having been awakened. Which in itself shows there is much of us which is asleep.
So when O'Sensei states there is no opponent in Aikido then we can say therefor there is a principle of non-opposition to learn. A brother in arms with non-resistance.
It also brings in the principle of non-aggression and non-disturbance. Practicing these principles bypass the duellistic thinking process and awaken the heart and soul and Ki.
Masakatsu and agatsu, the enemy in you is your own opposition.