What is a Dark Side event? Hard to know... but it is a lot like a locust swarm event... you see the aftermath, the people's vibration dropping, bad behaviors that were already forgotten are revived, the water losing its coherence, inside you and outside you.
My own experience is quite dramatic: hurry has crept back... anger, anxiety, wallowing, and the water.
You cannot help/change something that you don't know what causes it...
Thoreau thinks misplaced value is the cause: We feel a void in our lives, and we attempt to fill it with things like money, possessions, and accolades.
I think that the truth is deeper than that.
"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so
the necessary may speak." - Hans Hoffman
Things are never how the mass of men want them to be. Not the way they want to feel, not what they want to do and not what they want to have.
Money is never enough. Or time... Or fun is never fun enough. Not enough love. Not enough respect. Not enough of anything.
On yesterday's grocery shopping trip (I don't have a car. So I go shopping with the community center's van for old people.) I watched the other people... two days before the next "pay" comes in, they barely had enough money to buy an item or two. One spent those few bucks on wine... One couldn't even come to shop... not until he gets his check.
I talked to an 80 year old and a 95 year old woman. By that age, it seems, you appreciate if you are feeling halfway decent. I am only 71... I'll be next Tuesday... if you want to wish me happy birthday.
Tons of people come to my site to read my valuation of many gurus' vibration. When they are done, they choose... How they choose, what they choose says everything about them, not about the guru, not about the method, not about the modality... but about them.
It tells ME what life-philosophy they subscribe to, by what ideology they live their lives. And also how happy they are...
Some ideologies are life affirming, others aren't.
Twice in my life I had a choice to choose being attracted to women... I mean mainly.
The first time the choice was made for me: when the woman found out that I had no history of being attracted to women, she said: "I won't do that to you." I was about 22.
The second time I found myself turned on by a woman dancing, and I clearly saw a choice. I saw that I could choose to pursue that, but with that I would choose a life of hiding, a life of not fitting in, a hard life. I chose not to go for it.
As a sex therapist, coach, I talk to a lot of people.
Life is full of choices. We, for the most part, don't see that we are choosing because the chooser is the mind, is habit, is societal right and wrong, and we don't get to experience the fact that every time we choose something we say yes to something and no to everything else.
For example, when you choose to always take the long road, when you choose to move slowly and hesitantly, or alternatively being in a hurry, haste... (your typical life, wouldn't you say?) you choose to fill your life with stuff that doesn't contribute to you... you are just wasting time. Or when you choose to wait till the last minute to do the homework that is observing this or that... you also really choose to not do it... because you can't observe in the last minute... so you chose to stay the same... Can you see that?