greatest power comes from having accepted your shadow parts &
integrated them as components of your Self. Everyone carries a shadow,
& the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the
blacker and denser it is. At all counts, it forms an unconscious snag,
thwarting our most well-meant intentions. One does not become
enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness
…about something I hadn’t realized while giffing. But looking at the “Lazarus Rising” one - and I know this is absolutely was probably not intended when they shot it - I just feel like the fact that right in the beginning of this episode we have two shots in which shadows are such integral parts of the visuals and set up (right in the beginning of Dean and the cross when he just crawled out of his grave) and in this scene you also see Dean’s long shadow can be taken as such beautiful ways of introducing the big arc.
Like… The first we see Dean he is framed with the cross and it absolutely foreshadows quite literally what later would be revealed to be Dean being the Righteous Man and moreover Michael’s vessel.
And the shot when he is walking up to the abandoned gas and sip where Castiel first tries making contact and we see Dean’s long tall shadow, to me just feels like such a great visual for how Dean himself doesn’t realize it, but his role and importance to the world is so much bigger than he thinks. Just… Yeah, it’s a Dean and apocalypse and apocalypse reloaded kind of morning apparently.