Tamara Lee Dorris, MA, is the author of 19 books, a long-time coach, consultant, and adjunct college professor. She’s spent the past few decades studying and sharing ways that people can live more fulfilling, fun, and effective lives. She’s also an avid yogi, podcaster, and wine-lover, committed to inspiring as many people as she can. Tamara holds degrees in psychology and communications, is a certified hypnotherapist and EFT practitioner, too.  You can visit her website at https://www.tamaradorris.com/.

Book Description:

From rock-solid science to centuries-old scripture, we’ve been told our thoughts and emotions matter, and may even be indicators of our future. In this book, Tamara Dorris shows you that the real key to navigating your way to a new reality rests in your almost-dormant imagination. She points out that we’re all using our imaginations anyway, but most of us are using them to conjure up the worst instead of designing the best.

With wit, humor, and sass Tamara shares how anyone can learn to use their imagination in a more productive, profitable, and effective way.

The second half of the book is a 33-Day Challenge, including daily lessons and journaling exercises to help solidify and apply the age-old, as well as scientifically new ideas presented in the first section of the book. Be prepared to have your mind a little bit blown, your “mean monkey” a little bit riled up, and start intentionally creating your life with excitement and intention!

Interview:

Thanks for your time in answering our questions about your new book, Imagine That: Playing with the Power of Imagination, Tamara. Can we begin by having you tell us exactly what your book is about?

Tamara: Sure! It’s about using the power of your imagination to live a better life. While I recommend using the strategies and practices for almost anything (including stress reduction and health), the main focus of the book is on manifesting big visions. I incorporate techniques and ideas that blur the lines between spirituality, science, religion, and metaphysics.

How long have you been writing nonfiction and is this your first nonfiction book?

Tamara: I started out writing non-fiction, but have also written four novels now (working on my fifth). This is actually my 19th book.

Your book basically tells us how to use our imagination to better our lives. Do you believe adults have a hard time using their imagination?

Tamara: Quite the contrary. I submit that adults are using their imaginations all the time, but sadly, the vast majority of us are using them incorrectly. So instead of using the imagination to create say, a wonderful new house, people use it to imagine all the bad things that can go wrong. We are massive worriers and all that worrisome energy affects our futures (not to mention the rest of the planet).

Can you give us an excerpt?

Tamara: Sure!

“We live in an imaginary world. What I mean by that is we have more or less imagined ourselves into the life we are currently living. Don’t worry, I’ll back that up as we go with both rock solid science and centuries-old teaching, but for now I just want to introduce you to the idea that using your imagination with emotion and intention could be the biggest and best thing you ever do for yourself. And make no mistake, whether you intentionally imagine better things or not, your imagination is still operating—with or without your loving support.

Like it or not, there is a power, so magnificent and enormous (and it doesn’t matter if you relate this to science or spirituality), that we can tap into. It’s always been there and is in all things, but in order to work with it, we have to connect to it, and it’s through our imaginations we can do exactly that.

But let’s back up a minute and let me share with you how the ideas in this book can be applied in so many ways. In the board room, the court room, and even the bedroom! In fact, the practice I lay out in it will help you solve problems faster and more creatively than ever before. I left my soap box out back, but I also believe our educational system could use a boost of imagination. I mean seriously, we spend so much time teaching our kids all the bad stuff that happened way back when, but shouldn’t we also be teaching them all the good stuff that can happen in their future if only they learned to creatively imagine it?

So if what I’m saying is true, then why hasn’t everyone imagined living in Malibu and having dinner with Brad Pitt (what, just me?). Alright, let me rephrase that, why hasn’t everyone manifested all the stuff they’ve dreamed of? I think there are two main reasons.

We under-use it

As I noted above, not only do we not promote imagination in schools, we pretty much shun it, “Get your head out of the clouds,” “Now you’re just dreaming,” “Things like that don’t happen to people like us.” Oh, I get it. Our parents and caretakers mostly wanted to “protect us” by not letting us aim too high, lest we fall and go boom really hard. Thanks Mom, but I think I’ll take what’s behind Door Number Two. And also as likely, some of us had parents and caretakers who were, for lack of a better term, buttheads. While we often hear (and I fully believe) that people do as well as they can with where they’re at whenever they’re doing the thing that caused us to need 16 years of therapy, I suspect that those people had people who squashed their dreams, too. Something about not being allowed to ever have your head in a cloud makes for a very constricted life.

Now that we’re big and all grown up, we simply tend to not use our imaginations in the way I’m sharing in this book, and here’s the other reason:

We use it wrongly

This is the monster of all monsters of mis-creating and mis-manifesting, so let’s get it out in the open right now. Instead of using your imagination in a positive, productive, prosperous way, you tend to use it to imagine the worst. Am I right? Now I’m not accusing you of mentally entertaining catastrophes every time you step out the front door, but rather, sorta, kinda, maybe, thinking that whatever can go wrong will. I think Murphy had a law about that. And here’s what gets me, people can recite Murphy’s Law with a matter-of-fact familiarity, but mention the Law of Attraction, and some people roll their eyes. Well, I hate to break it to anyone, but neither of those are really laws. You will not get arrested if things turn out right, (Sorry, Murphy) and you won’t attract a canoe in your kitchen if you think about it really hard as the law of attraction suggests.”

What would you like to say to your readers and fans?

Tamara: That one of of the most important things any of us can do is learn to tune out of all the noise and chaos at least a few minutes everyday so that we can tap into the silence for intuition and ideas, and importantly, so we can use our imaginations with intention and direction. That single, small act can be life-changing for everyone about everything.

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