He was thinking about how it looked.... not feeling it....I tapped him on his shoulder and said "Helloo, in there....wake up," and he did...there was expression on his face and he moved differently.
That seems to be it in a nutshell. A change/shift in the level and attention in consciousness.
The man had obviously forgotten himself and fallen asleep. A light tap and a hello from Mary was all it took. That seems to be what Ueshiba was getting at. Constantly. "Hello in there..."