Since we are created beings, we are always moving from emptiness to fulfillment, from darkness to light, from bitter to sweet, from mistakes to success. Only in this way can we attain things on the contrast of opposites, as the advantage of light from darkness. The more darkness there is in our states, the brighter is the light that is revealed between them.
The light we reveal cannot be greater than the darkness, the feeling of lack of light that was there before. Therefore, success and revelation must be the result of exile from spirituality, of the feeling that we have no Creator, no understanding, not even the desire to live and exist.
To the extent the descent and separation from the true reality occur, a feeling of lack is formed in us. Until we attain the full depth of darkness and separation from the Creator, the absence of a true purpose, we will not be able to come to the opposite state.
Therefore the shattering has to happen. It is arranged in such a way by the upper force that first there is a shattering, and then there is its recognition, from which the desire and the need for liberation appears. This is how we progress until we reach complete redemption.
The 9th of Av is the root of the shattering and of all the destructions that have occurred in history. However, it is precisely from these days and states of destruction that liberation grows and spirituality, the upper force, the Creator will be revealed, exactly in that place, in those desires, where there was a feeling of distancing and separation, darkness and destruction.
From the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/17/21, “The Ruin as an Opportunity for Correction”