Saint Teresa of Avila - Out of body and a dove
Type of Spiritual Experience
........... almost an out of body experience, but then a hallucination instead which probably had symbolic meaning
A description of the experience
The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself
While I was meditating in this way, a great impulse swept over me, without my seeing the manner of it; my soul seemed to be on the point of leaving my body, because it could no longer contain itself and was incapable of waiting for its great blessing. The impulse was so strong that I could do nothing against it..... I leaned for support, because even seated I could not stay upright; my natural strength entirely failed me.
While in this condition, I saw above my head a dove very different from the doves of this world. It was not feathered like them, but its wings were made of little shells which shone with a great brilliance. It was bigger than a dove and I seemed to hear the rustling of its wings