Dr William Gower’s patient
Type of Spiritual Experience
This man nearly went out of body – all the preliminaries were in place, but he lost consciousness at the crucial moment. This may have been ecstasy or she may just have been a spirit helper
A description of the experience
Dr William Gowers Epilepsy 
The patient was an intelligent man, twenty-six years of age, and all his attacks began in the same manner.
First there was a sensation [under the ribs, on the left side] "like pain with a cramp” then, this sensation continuing, a kind of lump seemed to pass up the left side of the chest, with a "thump, thump," and when it reached the upper part of the chest it became a "knocking," which was heard as well as felt.
The sensation rose up to the left ear, and then was like the "hissing of a railway engine," and this seemed to "work over his head." Then he suddenly and invariably saw before him an old woman in a brown-stuff dress, who offered him something which had the smell of Tonquin beans.
The old woman then disappeared, and two great lights came before him - round lights, side by side, which got nearer and nearer with a jerking motion. When the lights appeared the hissing noise ceased, and he felt a choking sensation in the throat, and lost consciousness in the fit, which, from the description, was undoubtedly epileptic [undoubtedly!! - ah doctors, clever men but not wise men].