In other words, can one use dark side powers without feeling its temptation, without drowning in one's emotions, without falling into the darkness?

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    Not even vaguely a SW expert or even enthusiast here, but I do recall that in some canon there were with in the past who lead honorable lives, had loads of kids, lead good lives. In other words, being Sith was just another was of controlling power but didn't necessarily mean being evil. Since Sith base their power on dark side powers, this would seem to equate.
    – Broklynite
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 13:29
  • @Broklynite scifi.stackexchange.com/q/15678/31051 Not canon anymore, though, since the Great Disneyfication Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 14:06
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    @thegreatjedi You mean like when Luke used the Force to choke a Gamorean guard at Jabba's palace? That's the only time (IIRC) that a light side force wielder used a dark side power like Force Choke.
    – RichS
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 16:54
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    @RichS wait, didn't I read recently that Leia tapped into the dark side in order to strangle Jabba?
    – Broklynite
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 18:38
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    In Hallows chapter 35, Professor Dumbledore suggests that it's possible, but takes an extraordinary character of ‘maybe a man in a million’ like Harry. Professor Slughorn also seems to think most people are tempted: in Prince chapter 23, he says to Riddle: ‘It's natural to feel some curiosity about these things … wizards of a certain calibre have always been drawn to that aspect of magic …’
    – b_jonas
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 20:54

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Without temptation, no; without falling, yes

This is something Ventress discusses with Quinlan Vos in the canon novel Dark Disciple; it's one of the Nightsister teachings, and something that she tries to teach him (emphasis mine):

Ventress informed him that she would train him as a Nightsister would be trained. "I had conversations with Karis and Naa'leth. They told me of what they underwent. Nightsisters know the dark side better than anyone. We grow up steeped in it, but we can use it as a tool and stay ourselves — unlike the Sith. That balance is what you must learn."

Dark Disciple Chapter 14

Despite being possible, it's evidently not easy, as Ventress admits later (emphasis mine):

"The Jedi have always taught that the dark side is a quick and easy path."

"You must be cautious how far down that quick and easy path you go," she warned. "Now that you have tapped into it, it can consume you. It is a delicate balance to strike — being free enough to feed from it, but remaining your own master."

"Like you did."

"I fought my way back. I almost didn’t make it."

Dark Disciple Chapter 17

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    It could be noted that Luke Skywalker used The Force to choke a guard in Jabba's palace, which is a technique used by Dark Siders, and Mace Windu's fighting style borders and taps into the Dark Side, close enough to be dangerous to the user, but some Jedi (Mace Windu) were able to use it without falling.
    – Petersaber
    Commented Dec 28, 2016 at 22:53
  • @Petersaber More discussion on Luke and his Force choke: scifi.stackexchange.com/q/108353/31051. I recall that fact about Vaapad from Legends sources, but I don't believe it's canon any longer Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 0:09
  • non-Legends Form VII Wookiepedia page mentions Dark Side multiple times, and all sources are Disney-approved from what I know
    – Petersaber
    Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 9:08
  • @Petersaber Link? This is the Canon page for Form VII, and no mention of the Dark Side is to be found, only that it's an aggressive style Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 13:45
  • @JasonBaker - it is Disney canon iirc. It's covered in ROTJ novelization when Windu fights Palpatine. Not in as great detail as in Shatterpoint, admittedly Commented Dec 29, 2016 at 19:40

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