Politics & Policy

Odd Felos

Michael Schiavo's very strange lawyer.

“I wonder what it would be like to die right now?”

Many of us have asked ourselves this question and Michael Schiavo attorney George Felos is no exception. Unlike most, however, Felos has a story to go along with it.

In his 2002 book Litigation as Spiritual Practice, Felos expresses his belief in the “cosmic law of cause and effect,” in which the human mind is not limited by the constraints of reality. More specifically, if one wants a new car, one could make this dream car manifest “out of the ether.”

Felos claims to have used his mental powers to cause a plane he was passenger on to nearly crash. By simply asking himself, “I wonder what it would be like to die right now?” the plane’s autopilot program mysteriously ceased to function and the plane descended into free fall. Felos then observed, “At that instant a clear, distinctly independent and slightly stern voice said to me, ‘Be careful what you think. You are more powerful than you realize.’ In quick succession I was startled, humbled and blessed by God’s admonishment.”

Throughout Litigation as Spiritual Practice, Felos combines tactics on successful litigation with his spiritual adventures. The book’s 30 chapters feature a diversity of selections such as: “Bargaining for the Contingency Fee” alongside others entitled, “Rescued on Dream Wings” and “My Death and Resurrection.”

On their website, Felos publisher Blue Dolphin describe his book as “the excitement and drama of the courtroom, and the ecstasy and anguish of spiritual evolution in a combative environment. If the seemingly barren and war-strewn field of litigation can be the playground where spirit dances, it can revel anywhere.”

Felos believes he used this “conscious evolution” in his first “right-to-die” case concerning Estelle Browning. Felos says when he was alone with Browning they shared a “soul touch” in which their spirits left their respective bodies and spoke to each other. It was in this encounter that Browning “told” Felos she wanted to die:

“As I continued to stay beside Mrs. Browning at her nursing home bed, I felt my mind relax and my weight sink into the ground. I began to feel lightheaded as I became more reposed. Although feeling like I could drift into sleep, I also experienced a sense of heightened awareness.”

He writes,

As Mrs. Browning lay motionless before my gaze, I suddenly heard a loud, deep moan and scream and wondered if the nursing home personnel heard it and would respond to the unfortunate resident. In the next moment, as this cry of pain and torment continued, I realized it was Mrs. Browning.

I felt the midsection of my body open and noticed a strange quality to the light in the room. I sensed her soul in agony. As she screamed I heard her say, in confusion, “Why am I still here … Why am I here?” My soul touched hers and in some way I communicated that she was still locked in her body. I promised I would do everything in my power to gain the release her soul cried for. With that, the screaming immediately stopped. I felt like I was back in my head again, the room resumed its normal appearance, and Mrs. Browning, as she had throughout this experience, lay silent.

In addition to his soul-touch with Estelle Browning, Felos also says he had a pre-conception conversation with his future son, who said, “I’m ready to be born…will you stop this fooling around!”

For the past 25 years, Felos has practiced yoga and meditation as a means to advance his spirituality and career. And while he lectures on “practicing non-attachment,” Felos has made a good living along the way attaching sizeable legal fees to his bank account.

Critics of Felos and Michael Schiavo claim a significant portion of funds awarded for the care of Terri Schiavo have actually been absorbed in legal fees paid to Felos. As Wesley Smith, author of Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope From Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder and frequent NRO contributor, says, “I find it bitterly ironic that the bulk of the money a medical-malpractice jury awarded to Terri for use in making her better instead went into Mr. Felos’s pocket to make her dead.”

Felos describes his spiritual beliefs as syncretistic religion, mixing elements of Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Native American ceremonial practices. In Litigation as Spiritual Practice’s introduction, he declares, “evolution of consciousness is our ultimate salvation.”

His apparent lack of concern for Terri Schiavo’s plight might be better understood in the context of his belief that “[i]n reality you have never been born and never can die.”

This is all not to say that Felos isn’t entitled to believe whatever he wants to. He, of course, is. However, this is the same man who has described the Schindler family and their supporters as “fanatics.” It’s a belief many in the media have reciprocated in their analysis of what drives the Schindler’s fight for Terri’s survival. But, really, who’s three sheets to the moonbeam?

Felos did not respond to NRO’s request for a transcendent, cosmic-vibe chat.

Eric Pfeiffer writes the daily “Beltway Buzz” column on NRO.

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