Law of Attraction in Action: Google and the ‘No-Means-Yes’ Principle

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A very quick and easy way to demonstrate the practical effects of the “No-Means-Yes” principle of the Law of Attraction is to use Google (or any other major search engine). Here are some examples of picture searches that illustrate the process.

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I previously have written about the “No-Means-Yes” Principle of the Law of Attraction and about how it works. But sometimes words don’t teach.

Therefore, I will in this blog post try another tactic: by using a bunch of examples it may be easier to really understand the practical implications of the “No-Means-Yes” principle.

The idea of these examples is built on the analogy of the search engine (in this case Google) as the Universe’s own Law of Attraction. So whatever I’m searching for (i.e. thinking about) will be delivered by the search engine (i.e. the Law of Attraction).

The major difference between the search engine and the real Law of Attraction is that the search engine does not need emotion to work properly. Another difference is that the search engine normally “manifests” the things we think about (i.e. search for) within a second or two, while the Law of Attraction (mostly) does not work so quickly.

So let’s see how we can demonstrate the “No-Means-Yes” principle with the help of Google’s fantastic search engine!


Our first attempt is to illustrate a “negative” request. We don’t want to see any elephants, so we enter “don’t give me elephants”:

This screenshot shows a Google Images search result for the search term 'dont give me elephants'. Of the eight images found, all feature elephants.
Figure 1. Doing a Google Images search for the phrase ‘dont give me elephants’ still yields elephants.

What do we get? Well, we get what we focused on, namely elephants. So Google (and the Law of Attraction) basically ignored our negatively expressed wish (“don’t give me”), and instead delivered exactly that which we did not want to have: elephants.


Now let’s try our luck with penguins instead. Because we might be tired of penguins, we could search for (i.e. think the thought) “I’m sick of penguins”:

This screenshot shows a search result from Google Images after using the search phrase 'I am sick of penguins'. The result displays images of penguins that are sick in various ways.
Figure 2. Searching Google Images with the phrase ‘I am sick of penguins’ does not make Google give us images of cats or dogs. Instead, it shows us penguins that are sick or diseased.

Here, Google (the Law of Attraction) not only delivers the penguins that we were so tired of seeing. Google also made sure that most of them were sick ones (so we may say that Google focused its search on “sick penguins”).

What if we instead use the word “avoid” in our search? Will that search (or thought) get rid of the penguins?

This is a screenshot of a Google Images search for the phrase 'I must avoid penguins'. The search result displays images of penguins in different situations.
Figure 3. Using the phrase ‘I must avoid penguins’ doesn’t make Google Images avoid penguins. Rather, Google displays six different images of penguins in various contexts.

Unfortunately, Google (the Law of Attraction) still delivered penguins. But at least they seem to be more healthy than those delivered in the previous search.


Some people just love cats. So they may type “I love cats”:

A screenshot of the Google Images search for 'I love cats', displaying images of cats accompanied by the text 'I love cats'.
Figure 4. Searching for ‘I love cats’ doesn’t just give us lovely images of cats. All of these images also have the text ‘I love cats’ or ‘I [heart] cats’ in them (which also proves that Google indeed reads the text that people put into their images with Photoshop and other such applications).

And, unsurprisingly, Google (the Law of Attraction) promptly delivers lots of cats.

But what happens when a non-lover of cats uses the search phrase “I hate cats” instead?

This screenshot shows a Google Images search using the search phrase 'I hate cats'. Google shows us images of no-so-lovely cats, with the accompanying text 'I hate cats' or similar expressions.
Figure 5. Searching for ‘I hate cats’ mostly gives us images of not-so-cute cats, accompanied by the text ‘I hate cats’, or some other phrase similar to that.

Well, the “No-Means-Yes” principle kicks in (whether we hate or love cats, it is the word “cats” that we have in focus). Thus, Google (the Law of Attraction) delivers lots of cats.

But what if we instead used the search phrase “no cats”? Wouldn’t that take care of it all? Let’s see:

A screenshot of the results of a Google Images search for 'no cats'. It displays 9 different graphic representations of cats, designed as a prohibitory traffic sign, prohibiting cats.
Figure 6. When we search for ‘no cats’ on Google Images, Google interprets this as a search for an illustration of a ‘traffic sign’ saying ‘cats are not allowed here’.

Unfortunately, the “No-Means-Yes” principle kicks in again, since the word “cats” still is in focus. And Google (and the Law of Attraction) returns lots of cats, albeit with a little graphic design in red to go with it.


But maybe pandas would work better? What if I use the phrase “don’t search for pandas”. Surely there will not be any pandas then in the search result? Or?

This is a screenshot of a search with Google Images showing that the search phrase 'dont search for pandas' still delivers images with pandas.
Figure 7. Using the search phrase ‘dont search for pandas’ does not make Google Images avoid pandas. Rather, Google shows us seven images of pandas in different situations.

Unfortunately, all pictures are pictures of pandas. And there’s even a happy panda, which I definitely don’t want (if I don’t like pandas at all). Would searching for “no happy pandas” work, you think? Maybe Google (the Law of Attraction) sometimes make an exception to the rule?

A screenshot of a search with Google Images that shows that using the search phrase 'no happy pandas' does not give us any angry pandas, but instead gives us happy ones.
Figure 8. What does Google Images do when we use the search phrase ‘no happy pandas’? It skips the negation, and just shows us images of happy pandas.

Not this time. Google (and the Law of Attraction) dismisses my negation (“no”) and instead delivers happy pandas.

Humor and Happiness

In our last test drive of Google (and the Law of Attraction), let’s see what Google does when I search for “humour”:

This is a screenshot of a search with Google Images using the word 'humour', with seven images of humor, five of which are in English and two of which are in French.
Figure 9. When we use the British spelling of the word ‘humor’, we get seven images of humor. Interestingly, though, five of them are in English and two in French.

What Google delivers is expected, although it is somewhat surprising to see that two of the seven images are in French. But that’s probably just because I’m here using the British spelling of “humour” instead of the American “humor”. And since the French word is spelled exactly like the British variant, we get some French results as well.

But what would happen if someone (who was in a very bad mood) wanted to avoid these happy faces, and therefore would search for “no humor”?

A screenshot of a Google Images search with the phrase 'no humor', which shows us seven images that are humorous. So 'no humor' means 'yes humor'.
Figure 10. In an attempt to try to avoid humor, using the phrase ‘no humor’ will still make Google Images show us seven humorous images. So ‘no humor’ means, effectively, ‘yes humor’ to Google.

Well, Google (and the Law of Attraction) still delivers humor, since the “No-Means-Yes” principle kicks in (“no humour” means “yes humour”).

But maybe a search phrase such as “don’t be happy” would deliver a less positive result?

A screenshot of a Google Images search using the phrase 'dont be happy'. The search result shows us eight images of the message 'dont worry, be happy'.
Figure 11. Searching for ‘dont be happy’ on Google Images does not give us any non-happy results. Instead, Google shows us uplifting images illustrating the idea ‘Dont worry, be happy!’

Somehow Google (and the Law of Attraction) has, once again, delivered much more positive results than the ones requested by the person in a very bad mood.

By including the word “happy” (which is the word that is in focus), Google simply fills in the rest.

The result is thus the phrase “be happy”, accompanied by the preceding phrase “don’t worry”.

So Google, interestingly, applies the negation (“don’t”) to another word (“worry”), and thereby effectively “nullifies” the attempt to exclude happy results.


By using your favorite search engine you may quickly and easily demonstrate to yourself how the “No-Means-Yes” principle of the Law of Attraction works.

This may then motivate you, as a student of the Law of Attraction, to pay a little more attention to what you are searching for (i.e., thinking about), so that you can improve your life and your manifestations.

Chris Bocay

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First published: Mon 28 Mar 2022
Last revised: Tue 5 Sep 2023

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