I am the Light

Photo by J. Allmyer

“For a long time it made me feel like everybody woke up to screw me, to mess with me, just to put me down, or to take advantage of me. You grow up with a lot of guilt. You grow up with a lot of shame, and a lot of anger. However, the main thing that I learned from this is that I am not what happened to me. I am still with purity and innocence. No one can take that away from me.”

Carlos Santana

 I loved this quote from Carlos Santana’s interview on NPR this morning about his experience with sexual abuse as a child.

Carlos Santana visits NPR for an interview about his new memoir The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.

He ended the interview with these beautiful words:

“I’m not Latino, or Spanish; what I am is a child of light. I want this book for people to understand that you don’t have to be the Dalai Lama, or the Pope, or Mother Teresa, or Jesus Christ to create blessings and miracles. Keep repeating, ‘I am that I am; I am the light.’” Carlos Santana


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