Right now, I'm holding a book written 500 years ago, by a Jewish rabbi, based on the knowledge of the ancients, on the subject of prophecy techniques.. The Jewish meditation technique, which the prophets had used to get visions from above, is basically a repetition technique, like in transcendental meditation. There are a set of holy mantras which you repeat. Interestingly, encrypting of a word is considered a meditative activity, in Jewish teaching of prophecy, just like repetition. The alpha-beth letters, 22 in number, are considered the embodiment of the angels themselves, which all together form the tree of life, which is the Jewish version of the chakras structure. Anyway, in this book, the author asks: When the godly man is in a state of meditative absorption, and his awareness goes up to the spiritual zone, how is it, that his thoughts are materializing instantly? His reply is that in this state you become one with God and therefore inherit godly properties. You can see that the phenomenon of thought materialization associated with meditation was well known long before the law of attraction was even heard of. I have no doubt that is it true, the question is how it works? I don't think that focused attention is what causing it to happen. Focused attention can bring you to a meditative state, because it is distracting you from thoughts. Once you are in a meditative state, thoughts tend to materialize (not always immediately), but distraction is not a good meditation technique, even if occasionally you might get into a deep meditative state through distraction.