Podcasts are a dime a dozen these days, but we’ve found one that’s more than worth tuning into—now more than ever. In Life Continuing, a program where science and spirituality meet, Tania Berg explores topics like consciousness, healing, intuition and infinite existence. We chatted with Tania, whose background in psychology and Medical Qigong Therapy (MQT) and experience as a Wellness Guide make her the perfect host for this fascinating program. —Vita Daily
Hi Tania! Please tell us a bit about yourself to start.
I am a wellness consultant in Toronto, Canada, and trained in Medical Qigong (Chinese energetic medicine). I’ve also spent several years learning about consciousness and spirituality.
When and why did you launch your podcast, Life Continuing?
Life Continuing officially launched December 2020. I created this podcast to continue the conversation about consciousness and the afterlife, which was propelled by my own mystical and esoteric experiences. The purpose of the show is afterlife education; along with aiming to normalize extra-normal experiences by having open conversations with experts and experiencers about their direct experiences and the supporting science. But ultimately it’s a spiritual show that I hope will, at the very least, stoke some curiosity about the nature of our existence.
We understand that, toward the end of your training in Eastern medicine, your awareness expanded, and you were awakened to the Greater Reality. Can you please tell us more about this, and about your experiences with extra-normal phenomena?
With any practice of stillness, such as meditation, or energy medicine, people can experience aspects of the mind that seem unusual but have been common among mystics for millennia. Looking back, there were clues in my life that indicated an awareness of expanded consciousness however, fear and growing up in a society steeped in materialism, I did not acknowledge or investigate what I was sensing intuitively. However, when I completed my training in Medical Qigong, I had no choice but to pay attention because I started to experience non local consciousness far more intensely than ever before, and on a regular basis. For example precognitive and intuitive awareness, visions, knowing names of people that I don’t know, synchronicities and even seeing auras. This is not unusual for a born mystic or those who have acquired clear sight or clairvoyance through a near death experience (people who have NDE’s often develop heightened sensitivities that are called NDE After-affects), but it was a big shock to me. The most profound moment was when I ended up having a mediumistic connection (auditory) with a deceased relative, or what can be called an After Death Communication (ADC). It was brief but astounding nonetheless. It was all I needed in that moment to be convinced that some aspect of our personalities lives on at some level, and that death is not the end as we have come to believe in the Western world. North America in particular is steeped in materialism or materialist science, believing that the brain creates consciousness (instead of the outer way around), and that matter is all there is. For me, when I combine all of my experiences along with the after death communication, it creates a picture of reality that is far from materialist thought.
Do we all have these types of experiences, and perhaps just chalk them up to coincidence? Why would you say that’s problematic? How can shifting our attitudes around this better our lives?
I think many, many people have experiences they can’t explain and if they live in a society that does not include this phenomena within the realm of possibility, then people will try to come up with a rational explanation. The word paranormal is loaded and is currently associated with ghost hunting. But the word itself simply means something which is beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation. And we can’t truly assess if what we deem paranormal is peculiar or not because people don’t openly talk about it. My guest in the second episode, film maker and producer Dan Drasin, explored the subject of evidence for the afterlife with his educational film Calling Earth, and made a strong point about the term paranormal: “In the social realm we actually don’t know what’s paranormal because we can’t talk about it. How do we know that our next door neighbour isn’t talking to their dead uncle twice a week?” That said, we cannot properly assess how many people are having these experiences, and therefore cannot determine if it is, in fact, unusual. This goes along with all experiences of non-local consciousness. Likely people are told that it’s their imagination or subconscious mind. But I do believe that most, if not all people experience something “extra-normal” sometime in their life and I feel strongly that it is simply misinterpreted, or rejected based on their particular belief system.
If we shift our paradigm and look at consciousness as originating outside of the brain, then we can better understand all of the facets of the human experience; this provides a place for so-called “mystical” phenomena. Mark Gober (whom I spoke with in Episode 9) wrote a fantastic book called An End to Upside Down Thinking where he compiled and analyzed scientific studies that support non local and survival of consciousness, and makes a solid argument for consciousness originating outside of the brain, as well as the implications.
Now, how can this better our lives? Lately, we are talking more openly about tapping into our intuition. This is a critical first step into reconnecting with ourselves and our true nature. We can navigate life far better when we are tuned into the information that is always flowing within consciousness, which we all have access to as “receivers”. Instead of always operating in analytical mode, we can tune into our intuition to know what’s right for ourselves, in regards to a decision of some sort or a potential negative situation etc. Intuition can even save your life, as I learned with the conversation I had with Stephanie Arnold, who flatlined for 37 seconds during childbirth, which she predicted months before due to receiving clear, foreboding visions of an acute complication that was not apparent beforehand. Her intuition was the only clue.
In that vein, what topics do you cover on the podcast?
The podcast covers a range of topics, from heart-centreed consciousness to after-death communication and reincarnation. We learn best from hearing others’ stories and you will hear many stories of direct experience as well as some discussions around the evidence that supports these phenomena, such as veridical near-death experiences. The show is not trying to convince or convert anyone, but to present information and stories for contemplation.
What will listeners gain by tuning in to Life Continuing?
Listeners will become more familiar with the emerging research and evidence that points toward life after death in some form; that our loved ones are not gone but exist on a different level of consciousness, which can ease one’s anxiety around death, dying and grief. Listeners can also gain a better sense of their innate intuition, learn about the types of experiences people have and know that it’s more common than we realize, and nothing to fear.