This is not true for Daoism.
Given that Daoism seems to play an important role in understanding Ueshiba's spirituality and also his practice on the mat, or - simplified - given that Ueshiba's spiritual practice mostly included using his body in certain ways you seem to miss something?
No, nothing missed. Spiritually awake with a body and a mind or spiritually asleep with a body and a mind. Your choice.
Those awake perceive what those asleep don't.
Body receives rather than perceives. Mind is subjective and can only conceive. Spirit is objective. It's more that spiritual perception makes sense of daoism, buddhism you name it not the other way around.