When I was a kid we had the Helter Skelter - in plain view for all to experience. Does that count on my road to Satori?
May be, it could have helped to open your mind, to get an early first inkling. The gut-feeling.
For further reading I'd always recommend HIPS and Chris Lee's Sangenkai-blog.
Old Ueshiba might have said, you'd have to understand the double-helix, the balance of opposing forces from within, to get aikido-do right.
So again, one simple helix, not more than but just half a hint.