Firstly, I'm really enjoying your posts having followed a somewhat similar path a few years ago- but without the benefit of training with Dan H.
Re: the Kuroiwa article, I was not referring to the paras on muscle training etc but more to comments such as:
"If you think something because someone else tells you or because you are taught in that manner, you will become just like the protagonist of a tragicomedy who has no existence (character) of his own. It is important to see through to the truth. To achieve this you need the means (technique). However, you should not be shackled by techniques but rather should understand their meaning. It is important not to be shackled by techniques. This is possible through a knowledge of their limitations. Those who are shackled by technique should understand that this is an illusion. The danger of such people mistaking this illusion for the truth very often exists."
This 'mistaking the illusion for truth', is how aikido has generally been taught and consequently the essence (aiki) was lost in the process. Nothing new there. (I taught Aikido that way for 15-16 years but didn't know it
This also resonates with my 20 years plus experience in various internal arts because most of what had been handed down over the years was empty technique or form. It took me a while to recognise that. Like you I eventually got to feel someone who had it and was able to get at least the basics.
This is why I'm not surprised Dan (for example) says he has met few, if any, people who can do what he can- because most inherited only the illusion.
The question is - how do you prevent this from happening to aiki training in the next generation once it gets out into the big wide world? Or, as other posters have said- does it matter as long as it gets out there?
And what do you think your personal Aikido will look like? My Aikido looks nothing like Aikido anymore but its still Aikido to me