As one who does both… I can say OBEs and WILDs are certainly different things. There is much confusion though out there about this as many who have never experienced a true OBE have “lucid dreamed” they are having an OBE so believe they did. You can lucid dream anything you think about.
Another thing which has lead to confusion is that it is possible to be experiencing both some true astral projection and some lucid dreaming at the same time… just like how you can be experiencing your physical body and start “daydreaming”. You can do both so at times if the person is not fully awake when doing their OBE, there can be a bit of cross over happening.
People seem to either be more natural at having LDs or may natural at having OBEs. The states are so very similar and people tend to get into the habit of doing one or the other. Hence I only focus on one of those things and take long breaks before changing my focus.
I for a long time found LD far more fun… when you enter a LD there is like a story line to the whole thing you can play about with. When when is astral (OBE)… well it can be a lot more boring as rarely there will be others about and you cant be irresponsible if OBE and mess with real beings (well you could do but it would be a very stupid thing to be doing). You can easily end up in real trouble if you don’t act responsibly when other beings are about if you are having a OBE eg I was having an OBE and thought I’d go and visit a teacher I had at the time without asking permission first.
Turned out he had astral traps about his place so that lead to me having a hellish experience where I actually found myself caught in one of his traps. It was hurting and I was screaming my head off and couldn’t get back to my body till I ended up convincing it to release me by making it clear I meant no harm and I didn’t mean to do the wrong thing.
Another time I messed about things I should not have while astral… and it turned out what I was messing around with was actually guarded and the being then unaware to me till it was too late, followed me back to my physical body. I nearly was actually killed.
I was physically blue as that demon affected my ability to breath by blowing a thick energy in my face and I couldn’t get air through it. If another being hadn’t come to my aid when I was astally screaming and calling for help, I would be dead. When another pulled it off of me allowing me to get up and I was able to then stagger out of bed and was such guastly colours in my face as I really could not breath while that being had me and did what it did (my lips were actually blue from not being able to breath). You do not have to worry about anything like this stuff if you are only LD as it’s in your mind… it’s your subconsciousness creating the dream (along with your own lucidity).
After working on LDing for years… my interest has gone back to OBEs as I have had several experiences during OBEs where I’ve actually interacted with our physical world… found out about things I previously didnt know through seeing while OBE etc.
Ive had at least 3 experiences where I’ve interacted with the physical during an OBE (one time a physical chair moved, witnessed by others who were physical at the time. I’d been astrally trying to OBE to where that chair unknown to me had been placed and it was in the way).
So the differences for me are… OBE… there is no story line, you have to think more about what you do as things will not be usually just be happening about you. OBE the ability to interact with and see the real physical plane (Ive heard of OBE people pinching another who is physical and leaving bruises, I have not tried that one).
I find myself far more restricted than in a LD eg for me I seem to be very energy dense when OBE, I find it hard to walk throu walls, they give a bit to me but it’s near impossible for myself to push through them due to how dense I am (I seems to be projecting out to a level very close to our physical one). I can trust what I see is real or really there and not a dream during an OBE eg if I go and look around my house there is nothing I see not really there.
One time when I was inspecting my house when OBE… I saw something weird. That was it looked like someone had a party in my lounge room, there should not have been wrapping paper, paper cups etc strewn all over the room. As I knew it was an OBE and not a LD I set out to work out “why???” as I knew there must be a reason for what I was seeing
When I asked my daughter what she dreamed it turned out she had just dreamed that she had a birthday party in that room. So what I saw was there due to her thoughts “temporary” affecting the astral or maybe she even had the party there while she was astral herself hence leaving astral copies of what she was doing. Anyway… if you are OBE things should be how they are in the physical (like a copy of the physical) but with occassional differences if someone has affected things.