When you Right Click on Gumball (the activation toggle at the bottom of the Rhino window) you get this list of options:
The option “Align to Object” is too general to suggest a direction. What it should say is “Align to Normal” because “Normal” is allready defined “a line at right angles to a given line or surface”.
When you are pushiing and pulling control points, edges or surfaces, its important to have a clear definition: The Normal direction, Not the Object direction.
Also when you type “Normal” in the command line, you do not see the command that evokes the surface direction indicators … DIR is missing.