Symbols - What does heaven look like
Grey, on a very general and less spiritual plane, usually signifies uninteresting, boring, even depressing. We have 'grey men' who are men without charisma or character. Grey days are days which are run of the mill and not very memorable. But spiritually grey can take on a wholly different meaning, especially if it is a pleasant grey, a restful neutral pleasing grey, because in this context it signifies balance.
In effect it is a symbol used to denote the fact that the forces of darkness [black] and light [white] are in total balance and is thus a very positive symbol. The alternative symbolism to this which tends to be the chess board, chequerboard, harlequin pattern of alternating black and white squares and so on, is often inappropriate and also runs the risk of not showing balance at all if the number of squares is not equal. Furthermore you have the added problem that it still shows more a contrast rather than the more subtle idea that balance of the two has been reached.
Balance is key to achieving success on the spiritual path – it signifies the harmonisation between the functions of intellect and emotion. You have tamed the lion, but not let the lamb take over completely. You cannot attain wisdom and annihilation or true enlightenment without having achieved it.
Thus in the world of spirit to be called a 'grey man' is indeed an honour and great compliment.
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