I wish we could meet up and converse Tibbetts-san.
Some of my experiences/views in spirituality are written in the following thread:
Jun Akiyama's "Spiritual Understandings"
Bruce Baker's "Application of aiki"
I really do respect your views and I wish I could discuss this further with you, through this forum of course, since I am on the other side of the planet.
During my experience with Ki-no-kenkyukai (Ki Society / Ki Study Group), I've learned that Ki is not something that is supernatural nor it is mystical. On the contrary it is something very natural and we live with them day in day out even when we don't believe in it. The Japanese call this Ki, but there are many other explanations. Ki is the natural law of the universe.
Many people take different paths, and I believe that you, Tibbetts-san, has found your path.