Sometimes we need to be stunned into changing -- and most especially when it
comes to fostering true humility, given our inflated sense of ourselves.
Here’s something Ramchal suggests we draw on: “Try to imagine for just a
moment your appearance before the great angelic Court (after your death),
when you will stand before the King of kings, the Holy One blessed be He,
who is the ultimate in holiness and purity,” Ramchal offers, if you truly
want to come to pious humility. How daunting that must be!
Then imagine yourself standing smack dab “in thick of the mystery of the
holy angels, G-d’s mighty servants who are great in power, who do His will
without a fault” since they’re blameless, as opposed “to you, who is lowly,
imperfect and inherently shameful, impure and sullied because of your
actions... Could you even lift your head? Is there anything you could say?”
he asks. In fact, we’d add, could you even imagine not standing stock-still
there in terror, or perhaps passing out full face on the floor of Heaven?
Imagine then “if they were to ask you, ‘Where's your tongue? Where's the
power and honor you bore in the world?’ what would you say? How would you
respond to their reproofs?” he adds. After all, you’d know you’d sinned and
failed to one degree or another in the mission entrusted to you at birth to
grow in your being and to achieve spiritual excellence, and it would be
unbearably mortifying to have to respond to each point they’d make.
Ramchal then concludes that “if you were to honestly and convincingly
impress this scene upon your mind … then all of your arrogance would surely
flee, never to return” and you will have arrived at pure and simple humility.