It is the use (or abuse) of those energies which we then toss into the Light or Dark cubbyhole.
Yes, I realize that is a prevelent thought among many Jedi. But for a number of reasons I don’t agree with it. So I have a different way of seeing things than many Jedi do. Similarly I don’t see the dark and light side as only existing within the Jedi. I see them as flowing through all that is. The way we respond to them can cause different effects, yet we can also be effected by them. The more we understand them, the better we can become at dealing with their effects from the outside and to their workings within us. The place where we have the primary control is within us. However, with practice we can extend this control outward. In fact, sometimes we inadvertantly cause effects in the outer force with or without even knowing it. For example, every word you speak has an effect on the outer force. Our words can heal. Our words can kill. Our words can be originated in our own thought processes or originated from outside. Based on what we do with these thoughts they may or may not have impact. Should our thoughts be influenced by the outside, this is the major way the outside force has impact on our internal force. But the way we internalize the information from the outside force effects the way we will again touch the outer force. It’s a continuous process. This can be more than words. Can be a word, a thought, a feeling, a prescense, etc. Anyway, that is how I see it.