“The Prime Directive [in Star Trek] is not just a set of rules. It is a philosophy, and a very correct one. History has proven again and again that whenever mankind interferes with a less developed civilization, no matter how well intentioned that interference may be, the results are invariably disastrous.”
As an actress back in 1967, I had no idea that guest starring on a classic episode of Star Trek entitled “The Apple,” would change my life forever. But, strangely enough it did!
It took many years before the realization hit me, that I was now part of a franchise that not only had “legs” globally but also had a deep and profound message, that included one of hope for the future of this planet and our place in the universe. Through Star Trek’s mythology, we glimpse an inspiring vision of a future where men and women, all races, colors, creeds and persuasions share equal status and are united for the greater good of what is referred to as “The Federation.” It was very evident in nearly every episode that all life, even the kind we did not understand, was critically important and needed to be respected. Courage seemed always to be a constant in the Star Trek Universe.
On classic Star Trek, the original series, I played a character named Yeoman Martha Landon and I was Chekov’s love interest. At first you might have mistaken me for eye candy in my little red mini dress uniform, but in truth, I was also a full fledged member of the Enterprise crew and landing party which meant I was packing a “phaser,” as well as carrying a “tri-corder” and I even got to kick butt in a fight sequence! I liked to think of myself, way back then, as one very liberated and free spirited Yeoman, at a time in our history when the “Femme” spirit was just dawning.
You never saw me bringing coffee to any male crew member and that was a big step forward for female actresses on television in those days. I was even a “red shirt” who lived through the whole episode, despite the urban myth that we all die in act one.
Trailer for the classic Star Trek episode, “The Apple”
I really enjoyed working on that episode of Star Trek and especially loved the show’s motto of “Live, Long and Prosper.” If we had known on a deep level about manifesting our own future in those days we might have advocated saying it more often!
I never dreamed back in my early 20s that holistic health care and anti-aging for both people and animals would be a profound calling for me. I also never dreamed that I would one day write four books on this subject (soon to be five), write this blog, or become a co-producer on a feature length documentary film project about the enormous need for the return of the sacred feminine principle that would upon its completion spotlight female empowerment. This film project is entitled “Femme: Women Healing the World.” But again, Star Trek has that “epigenetic” (that which rises above the genome) magic about it. It inspired me to believe that all good things are possible to not just be but become, higher versions of ourselves. It seems to have inspired many young men and women to have the courage to “boldly go” where no “man” [or woman] has gone before. I certainly got that message loud and clear!