Whatever Happened To ... the shaman of Wall Street?

Larry Ford still does financial advising as well as spiritual counseling.
Larry Ford still does financial advising as well as spiritual counseling. (Mark Peterson - Redux)
By Kris Coronado
Sunday, December 12, 2010

Two years ago, Larry Ford had no misgivings about how others might perceive him. "Some people would say I've absolutely lost my rocker," he told The Washington Post Magazine in December 2008.

Ford, 48, has been living a double life: He's a successful financial adviser to the powerhouses of Wall Street, and he's also a shaman, or spiritual healer. After a personal epiphany 12 years ago, Ford has made it his mission to help others create "a life of purpose."

During the financial meltdown two years ago, Ford was so busy that he even counseled some spiritual customers at his home in Glastonbury, Conn.

Today, however, that's no longer the case. "Home is very sacred," he says.

Most of Ford's shaman sessions, six a week typically, are now conducted at his office building in Glastonbury, or during house calls when he's in Manhattan. He also talks to clients on the phone -- although perhaps "clients" isn't the right word. Ford stopped accepting payment for his shaman work in 2008.

Ford is writing a book based on his spiritual journey and those he has met along the way. He hopes to get it published next year. "There's no need for another preachy book out there," he says. "The balance is delicate. I have a message, and the reason I'm driven by it is because I believe that all the discord in the world -- all the war, greed, corruption, all the nastiness that we live in -- begins in each of us when we're not in alignment with our soul, our purpose and doing what we're meant to do on Earth."

In his non-shaman hours, Ford helps individuals invest and manage their money through his Ford Financial Group and assists corporations with customer relations through his consulting firm, Blue Owl. He is still engaged to Yvette Montgomery, and they plan to wed next year after the birth of their first child. The baby girl, due this month, will be the fifth in a brood that includes daughter Lexy, 16, and son Chandler, 14, and stepchildren Josh, 14, and Chancie, 17.

"I've got two girls on the way to college tours, which is always fun," he says.

With such demands, it would be easy to assume that Ford doesn't get much sleep, but surprisingly he says he gets eight hours every night. It's just a matter of setting parameters.

"I make it very clear to my clients: I'm either going to be managing your finances or your spirit," he says.

Still, there are times when one area leaks into the other. After one Manhattan consulting gig, two executives approached him about his shaman work. Sure, they had probably Googled Ford and found out about it, but perhaps something else caught their eye. "Now and then, my wrist bead pops out from underneath my cufflinks," Ford admits.

Read the original story: Voodoo Economics


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