Cool, ThirtySix - it's great that you are enjoying it and already learning so much about it and understanding very subtle things about tea!
Yesterday I went to a wonderful tea tasting of Red Circle Tea. I discussed this dialogue in this topic about 3-fingered (held at top) vs. whole hand using saucer.
I was told that the three-finger method was developed originally with the idea that it was for women to use: a small hand has great difficulty holding the gaiwan cupped with the saucer included and thumb over top. Also, the arch formed by the three-finger method when you pour (in other words, your hand is arched when you pour) is a very graceful shape (like a crane, I think - the index finger on the knob forms an "eye" & the other two like a beak of a bird) as befits a woman.
Personally (although I'm a woman) I will stick with the pour using the saucer (as do my friends at Red Circle) because it gives better control, but the same principles apply in terms of the water, ways to use the lid, etc. I think even splashing the water gives you a sense and feel of water as you say. You sound like you are really getting the hang of it already, so enjoy!
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