Your personal beliefs attract to you more things that in turn confirm your personal set of beliefs. What you focus on expands. There are lots of ways to say the same thing. Here are some examples of how your belief attracts more of the same: You hold the belief that life is a struggle. Therefore, life presents you with more and more situations that make life a continual struggle for you. Another example: You feel like you will never find your soul mate. You get discouraged by every date you go on. You feel alone, and as though you willalways be alone. Your thoughts and feelings are intensely emitting a signal of discouragement, hopelessness, loneliness, giving up and more. Therefore, that’s what keeps showing up in your life. Another example: You believe you are lucky; you win things all the time. Therefore, more things show up in your life to confirm that your belief, and you tend to win one thing after another.Another example: You believe that you always get stuck in bad traffic. That the roads are always jammed. Or that other drivers are rude. That there are too many people on the road. Therefore, you continually find yourself in difficult traffic situations on the road. Another example: You believe that you will never get out of debt. You can’t see a way out, and you always feel as though you don’t have enough. Therefore, you will continuously find yourself in situations and circumstances in which you do not have enough, and your debts grow.Another example: You believe you always pick the wrong line at the grocery store! Guess what? You will!Thoughts manifest. Thoughts become things. There is also a saying that you get what you anticipate. It is just another way of saying that what you are thinking will manifest. Life tends to present to you the things you expect, or the things you feel strongly, whether they are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ things.We may be thinking of debt as bad and luck as good. The universe does not interpret good or bad, and therefore cannot give you only the good things, or will not deliver only the bad things. When we ask sometimes out of desperation….”Why God did this terrible thing happen to me?” the answer may well be that the terrible thing was all we could think about, and in effect, was all we were (unwittingly) praying for. Sometimes we get things that we think on a subconscious level. That is a hard concept to understand and change. Do you hold the belief that you don’t deserve good things or that you are ‘not good enough’ in this world? Do you always put yourself last? Do you hold the belief that sometimes bad things happen to good people, and that you have no control over what happens? These underlying thoughts can take time to re-develop and change, but it can be done. Affirmations, meditation, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) as described later in this book, can help you to reshape your old belief systems.I believe our thoughts are a continuous prayer toward God, and he is continuously responding. The universe is mirroring our emotions and thoughts.The physical effect that manifests from our thoughts, or prayers, is truly dramatized further when we have intense emotion around it. When you feel something strongly, it tends to happen faster. Here is a personal example that happened to me twice in recent years. The most recent time was after I had learned about the law of attraction. I was driving one day, and casually noticed a police car driving on the road. For some reason, I had the thought of being pulled over. That thought was coupled with the emotions of anxiety, fear and dread. I knew that these thoughts and feelings had power, so I tried my best to put it out of my mind. I later noticed a police car on the side of the road giving a driver a ticket. The blue lights were flashing. I felt it in my stomach. “Don’t get a ticket!” I said to myself. Knowing that these feelings of fear were a magnet pulling me closer to what I did not want, I tried with all my might to push these thoughts away. “You are a safe driver,” I told myself. Still, a few days later, I noticed another police car. This happened to me, noticing police cars, feeling anxiety, several times over the next few weeks. Each time, there was a tremendous anxiety and fear in the pit of my stomach. I could feel my whole body tense up, and even got a little bit physically hot just thinking about my fear of getting pulled over. This was an intense visceral feeling, and try as I might, I couldn’t push it away at those moments.Well…what do you think happened? Even though I consider myself a very safe driver, and did my best to observe traffic laws, wouldn’t you know it?I got pulled over. Pulling out from a parking lot, trying to cross a busy street, I exceeded the speed limit for about 30 seconds, at most! Yet, there was a policeman coming from the other direction at that exact time. When he turned his blue lights on and turned around for me, my heart sunk. I knew I had caused this to happen.I knew it with every fiber of my being. I was responsible for drawing this situation to me. Tearful, when I pulled over, the policeman described how I had been speeding and asked for my information. I was very distraught, but I thought perhaps he would show me some kindness. Imagine my immense and profound gratitude when he explained that since my driving record had been impeccable for many years, he would simply give me a warning this time. And the gratitude and relief I felt, was also an extremely powerful magnet. Gratitude works to pull more good towards you. When I see police cars now, I feel gratitude that they pass me by. I see police cars quite often, and I always remark to myself how they all seem to pass me by. I feel relief and gratitude each and every time. And yes, I continue to observe traffic laws and drive very safely!