You and Jim can get in to whatever you want on this!
But this a spiritual forum? This is an "Aikido
To O'Sensei Aikido was spiritual, but to many Aikidoka it has nothing to do with Spiritualism, which is different to "spirit"!
I must say that I find Aikido as mechanical by nature. I started martial arts (Judo) at 10 (31 now), graduated university in Mathematical Science, I am an Electronic Engineer, and an Aikido instructor!
I find the spiritual thing a big turn off!
overthinking can be detrimental to the truth that we are all supposed to be helping one another find.
Thinking too much is only a problem to the Catholic Church!
All the best.