BEFORE I STARTED MY HEALING PRACTICE, I was not really clear about the meaning of the Holy Ghost, nor did I truly understand its importance in the Christian Science healing work. Of course, I knew Mrs. Eddy's definition in Science and Health, where she wrote: "Holy Ghost. Divine Science; the development of eternal Life, Truth, and Love" (p. 588). However, I still needed to fill these words with spiritual understanding.
What was especially challenging to me in those early days when someone called to request treatment through prayer was the fact that some cases took so long before I was really firm in the Truth—and absolutely sure about the effectiveness of my prayers.
Science and Health offered this guidance: "Study thoroughly the letter and imbibe the spirit" (p. 495). I found an older copy of the book in which I had underlined all the laws and rules I thought were important for the healing practice. One of these rules turned out to be a revolutionary stimulus in my search at this time: "Hold perpetually this thought,—that it is the spiritual idea, the Holy Ghost and Christ, which enables you to demonstrate, with scientific certainty, the rule of healing, based upon its divine Principle, Love, underlying, overlying, and encompassing all true being" (p. 496).