Southbank Centre, London UK

Dreams are like gravity – let’s sleep and dream.

I went on 27 February 2014 to another great D&D event-What are we really going to do about Race and Diversity in UK Theatre? with the dolls.

Six people came to help me put hearts into them and we made 7 dolls in total.

We had one to one experience most of the time.

Some comments:

‘I lost my heart…’

‘Thank you, a lovely break from intense discussions’

‘This is lovely, such a moment of rest, relaxation, focus and happiness’

The session inspired me to write down a list of things we need to do to be alive. I’ll write in a particular order where the first thing is the most important and so on

1. Breath

2. Sleep-Dream

3. Wake up

4. Walk

5. Drink

6. Eat

7. Enjoy

We don’t need to remember our dreams, eventually it might be useful but it is not necessary. We will dream anyway. It is like the gravity, we do not struggle to be here, we just are. When we dream and we wake up we know where to go and how to feed ourselves at any level. We enjoy and our heart is happy. This is the moment to change what need to be changed, so let’s sleep.

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York Hall, Bethnal Green, London UK

I am extremely grateful to the event Devoted and Disgruntled 9 that happened in the last weekend of January 2014 in London. It was the first time I had the opportunity to really feel and confirm my vision, to experience the dimension of the 700 dolls project in the world. The dolls have been given amazing moments by this incredible D&D space. They have supported the project since the very beginning giving me real love to keep going. Thank you!

I called a session suggesting we could reach the target of 63 dolls which represents 9% of them to celebrate D&D 9.

We put the heart into each doll, we had our quiet moment feeling our own hearts beating, we completed their legs with dreams and most of us sewed their legs.

We reached the target of 63 dolls.

I felt like I was in paradise having such an amount of generous people helping me to make the dolls.

We were in another space and time, with everybody but invisible. I could feel the density of this other world. We were supporting the entire group with this ‘love machine’ during 4 hours non stop. Real, concrete, practical love, simple and profound love that transforms us in our very centre.

Some comments:

‘I found out these dreams on the floor’

‘I made three dolls, one for me, one for my mother who died last October and one for my dad who died 10 years ago. I passed on their love, hope and generosity to be with the dolls wherever they go. I am so thankful for this opportunity to spread peace to myself and to the world’

‘I made 12 dolls for my father’s freedom because his freedom depends on 12 people’

‘ A real moment of stillness and focus on a shared humanity, for me a very personal experience which helped with some present difficulties, wonderful’

‘Provided space and a moment of calm during a hectic weekend’

‘I felt a sense of peace and gratitude. I had not realized I needed the quiet. Nor did I realized how I would enjoy, in that moment, connecting to a sense of global and, indeed, the whimsical. One small act is what I have to give’

‘Making my doll was very calming and helped me check back into myself. The quiet, the concentration, knowing that you are helping in a little and large way. It felt beautiful. Feeling the rhythm of the movement and the accomplishment. It was lovely, just lovely’

‘I liked to sew the dreams into the leg. It helped me focus and concentrate after a long day of discussions and talking’

‘Thank you for bringing the dolls at D&D. It was a lively moment for me when I sat down and had the opportunity to breath, close my eyes and feel my own heart beating. After two days of work and talks, it felt peaceful to have a moment of silence and recollection. I sewed two dolls, and it was special. Very poetic, yet simple. I wish you good luck with this beautiful project’

‘Thank you. Doing my bit touched my heart more than anything in the last days, let’s make 7 000 000 000’

Thank you so much everyone!

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Heart meditation

When we put hearts into the dolls we do a short meditation, we feel our own breath and heartbeat.

Scientists are finding out the bridge between Buddhism and Psychology. Professor Wright at university of Princeton says ‘the alignment between the objective truth and the moral truth is itself a kind of unseen order at a very deep level’.

When I heard that, I felt a mixture of hope and joy.

Science is reaching something amazing and close to the multilayered realities that I am used to dealing with in my astrological practice.

It might take some time but I know we are all going to be happier in the future. We will know as much as we will love.

 

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Hearts

rescued heartsAll the hearts are kept in a special pot before we insert them into each doll. The pot contained Dr Bach’s five flower cream ‘rescue remedy’. It has a symbolic intention to heal the hearts. When they are placed inside the dolls they are rescued loving hearts.

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Dreams

Each piece of stuffing represents a dream and each of them has a different shape as we have different dreams. Each doll is stuffed with many dreams.

The dreams we stuff the dolls with are the dreams we have when we sleep. We need to sleep and dream. A massive amount of people suffers from sleeping problems, maybe as many as 20% of the world population.

There was a moment when I ran out of pillows. A friend suggested that I cheat the project and buy a new pillow. At that moment, to convince myself that I was doing the right thing I told myself that the stuffing of the new pillow would represent future dreams. I liked the idea. However when I was choosing the pillow in the supermarket I felt it just wasn’t right. They were not ‘alive’ pillows yet. I gave up this idea and continue asking friends to give me their old pillows. The future dreams are in the old pillows, dreamt by all of us. I felt relieved that I didn’t cheat the project.

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700 dolls sponsorship

This is the social dimension of the project. Through this page you can sponsor a doll and everything you donate will go directly to a charity called Plan.

I’ve just set up a JustGiving page

www.justgiving.com/dreamsandaheart

where you can sponsor a doll for at least £2 each.

If you prefer you can sponsor a doll by JustTextGiving with a simple text message. Text the six digit code below and the amount you’d like to donate ( £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 ) to 70070. For example if you wanted to donate £1

text DOLL58 £1 to the phone number 70070.

When you visit Plan’s website you will notice that their logo is a simple child shape like the shape of the dolls and, can you believe that the JustTextGiving telephone number is 70070? Such amazing coincidences make me think we were meant to be linked together!

This charity pioneered child sponsorship 75 years ago and today over 100 000 people in the UK sponsor a child through them. Plan works with children, their communities and they work in 50 countries world wide including Asia, Africa, Central and South America. You can visit their website www.plan-uk.org to understand the amazing work they are doing .

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

I hope the doll sponsorship will also inspire you to participate.

 

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Pin (if necessary) the two layers of fabric together and cut out the doll shapes

Sew round edges with red thread. Leave an opening of around 3cm preferably on the inside of one leg to insert the stufng

Turn inside out

Insert the stuffing and the heart and finish the sew

 

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Who I am

I am a body filled with dreams and a heart just like all of us. I am also a mother and an artist. I had never dreamt of making dolls. This project is a calling which I follow patiently. I have almost completed the first community of 700 dolls. I invite you to help me with the next 700.

I close my eyes, sleep and dream. I see the world. I know that 700 dolls will help to bring peace to 7 billion people.

Regina Mendes is a psychologist specializing in child therapy, an astrologer, a dance theatre director, a performer, a visual artist and a doll maker.

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Thank you!

I would like to thank so much all the people who has helped the project so far.

They make dolls
Ana from Brazil
Annalisa from Italy
Angela from England
Barbara from Hungary
Carmelita from Portugal
Caroline from England
Claudia from Brazil
Cynthia from Holland
Heidi from Denmark
Inita from Latvia
Jacy from Brazil
Jasmin from Turkey
Juliette from France
Mari from Spain
Nicola from England
Olivia from Brazil
Rosalba from Italy
Saori from Japan
Tabada from Brazil
Vera from Brazil
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Alan from England
Alice from England
Arabella from England
Becky from England
Chris from England
Ellis from England
Elspeth from Scotland
Jennifer from England
Kath from England
Lee from England
Lewis from England
Neca from Brazil
Oliver from Hungary
Patricia from Brazil
Pippa from Australia
Phelim from England
Sarah from England
Susie from Italy
Victor from England
Victoria from England

THANK YOU!

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What will happen?

We are going to show them as an art installation so people can see all of them together. It will include performances and people will be able to help to make the dolls.

After that we will decide to which continent they are going to be sent. They could be invited  to all kinds of places including schools, hospitals, occupational therapy clinics etc.

At this point the people who receive the 700 dolls will decide what they are going to do with them. They can decide for example their gender, paint and dress them, give them a face and hair or they can just keep them in their simple form.

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This is an artistic project and at the same time a healing process.

After that we will start our second collection of 700 dolls. We will keep making them until  they have been sent to each continent.

It would be amazing if at some point in the future there were to be one doll  representing you, me and each one of us on this planet!

Shall we make it happen?

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