Re: Blindly searching for the path of Aikido
IMHO, there are several things you can do when training alone.
General conditioning helps.
Footwork: skip rope and practice Tenkan (I like the 90-180-90-180 pattern) (keep hands on the centerline)
Shadow: walk through the techniques
Education: read all you can
Meditation: just sit, quiet the mind
Enviromental awareness: pay attention