And this journey also led me to a certain form of body work, that was once well known and discussed here in this forum ...
Of course-- we have both been participating in these discussions for some time.
Anyway I seemed to touch a nerve with this "qigong terminology" stuff, didn't mean to. To sum up, do you mean to say that you feel that qigong and the form of body work Ueshiba pursued were two different things (with only some similarities)? I would disagree with that.
BTW, I fully agree that what O-sensei arrived at is basically daoism. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that.. but I know I'm not the only one! Also, I do know he read Chinese classics, but I think the reason he ended up being so daoist-like had more to do with what he felt in his own body. That is, the writings matched his experience, and that is a very exciting thing. If that internal match hadn't been the case, I don't think words on a page would be very compelling.