oh and ill answer my own question to.
i think aikido is a helpful in the pursuit of enlightenment in learning to be more aware of the harmony inherent in your own body, your bodies relationship to other bodies and your bodies relationship to the universe.
but as a direct path i think perhaps it was uncompleted, if enlightenment was ever intended as its purpose.
i understand that enlightenment comes from within and can take any form at any time, but there are many religions or philosophies that are directly concerned with enlightenment, such as buddhism, and attaining such a state. i was just curious as to whether you could consider aikido as something similar.