Grammy-award winning rock legend Carlos Santana has not had an easy life.

He was molested as a child and dealt with an array of emotions and bad decisions based on that tragedy for decades.

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It was also during this time, at the age of ten, that Santana was molested by a friend’s father who, “Silenced him through bribes of candy and trinkets.”

Santana’s father would then move again, this time to San Francisco and his family followed suit. It was around that time that Santana took up the guitar—a gift from his father—and never looked back. He helped support his family by becoming a club musician but with the sixties on the horizon, and with it the sex and drug revolution Santana fell headfirst into it. [LightWorkers]

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Santana was born in a small seaside village in  Mexico. He grew up without his father around. He was very young when his father left him, his mother and six brothers and sisters for another woman.

He was only a young boy when his father left his mother along with Santana and his six brothers and sisters for another woman.

Thankfully his father didn’t totally abandon his family and continued to send support to them before they relocated to be near him in Tijuana. He made a living as a mariachi violinist and was a big reason why Santana became a musician as well. [LightWorkers]

That was yet another devastating blow to the rock legend, who later had to deal with his own failed relationships that also led to his suicide attempts.

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His story of faith and change and acceptance is inspirational.

With his life in tatters Santana contemplated suicide seven times, telling Rolling Stone in a 2008 interview, “It got to the point where I really thought that death would be sweeter than pain…But then I would look at a picture of Jesus and say, ‘Help me,’ and then, very clearly, inwardly, I would hear this one voice that’s softer and louder than all the others, and it would say, ‘I am sitting next to you. Isn’t that enough?’ Once I heard that voice, something would shift, and I’d be able to find joy again….”

It was also during this time that Santana chose to forgive the man who molested him telling Rolling Stone, “I was able to remove the anger by forgiving that man…. Forgiveness, man, forgiveness is incredibly liberating. And I’m here to tell you, with all my heart and spirit, that it can be done. You can be freed.”

Santana has since remarried and his faith is very much alive and kicking. So much so that he and his band pray before they go out and play likening it to, “a doctor washing his hands before performing surgery.”

He acknowledges that he’s still on a journey and despite putting on hold plans to become a pastor says that, “God is not done with me.”[LightWorkers]

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