Deliverance and exile are related. Under different circumstances the same state can be considered an exile or deliverance. The exile at a certain step can be spiritually higher than the deliverance at another level.
Let’s say I am a junior at a university and have no clue what I am studying, i.e., I am “in exile.” Compared to freshmen and sophomores, I am in the state of deliverance since I somehow managed to ascend to a higher step than they have.
Rabash writes that the level of faith that we attain each time turns into the foundation for the next step: Reshimo de Hitlabshut turns into Reshimo de Aviut; this is how we advance. Deliverances transform to exiles.
From Rabash’s Article “The Meaning of Exile”: “Falling” in spirituality does not mean that one loses faith. It means that at this time one is required to work even harder; that’s why one’s prior faith is considered a downfall compared to his current state.
Keter of the lower Partzuf becomes Malchut of the upper. It proves that we should never judge our state from within but only in combination with the related states. Each time we are elevated to sanctity and we never downgrade. Even if we end up being in the darkness, the new state of darkness is still higher than a good state we were previously in.
From the 3rd part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 3/26/14, “The Study of the Ten Sefirot”