Now – I still don't care for it. I don't like being dragged, pulled, pushed out of my body. It is totally not necessary. (These are my thoughts and probably relevant only to me). That sucking, popping, clicking weird energy is just really uncomfortable. I've never trained in or practiced deep meditation/trance but I can see where that would be very helpful. If my lifestyle were different I likely would do this as I have done enough to know that there is a difference to the overall projection experience during these states. However lucid dreams take me to the same place where the astral experience (for me) is the same and it fits my lifestyle. If it aint broke don't fix it.
Points to Ponder
hmm, I don't really ponder this. I know what works for me. I try not to comment on others techniques with the exception of saying LDs can get you to the same place. I know many do not agree but I don't see many others having as clear and lucid dreams as I do and quite often do not feel they are getting the full experience.
ETA: For those of you who have had these experiences since childhood, what do notice that is different between now and then?