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The Missing Puzzle Piece for Clearing Confusion About the Afterlife

Afterlife TV Bite-Sized Episode: Here’s a short episode that only a small number of wonderful die-hard Afterlife TV fans have seen. Yet the content of this video contains my epiphany about a single, missing puzzle piece regarding life after death that might just complete the afterlife puzzle for you.

This epiphany didn’t just blow my mind, so many other authors and experts in this field have called or emailed to thank me for setting this straight for them as well. This clears up several common misconceptions and confusions about life after death, so many that it’s sure to have neurons firing in your brain as it solves a few afterlife mysteries and gives order to what once felt like chaos.

This video also answers the single most common question people have asked me about reincarnation: “What happens if my loved one in spirit reincarnates before I die?”

Hard to believe I was five years younger when I created this video. My goodness, where did the time go? Enjoy this bite-sized video.

With mad wicked love, Bob Olson

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Afterlife TV is presented by Afterlife Investigator & Psychic Medium Researcher Bob Olson, who is the author of Answers about the Afterlife: A Private Investigator’s 15-Year Research Unlocks the Mysteries of Life after Death.

Check out Bob Olson’s other sites: BestPsychicDirectory.com (a directory of hundreds of psychics & mediums by location with reviews & Instant Readings) & BestPsychicMediums.com (his personal recommended list of tested psychics and mediums) or visit Bob’s Facebook Page. Bob also has a popular workshop for psychics and mediums at PsychicMediumWorkshop.com.

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Hey, everybody. Bob Olson here with “Afterlife TV.” You can find us at afterlifetv.com. This is where we talk about the very big questions we all have about life and death, and this is a bite-sized episode that we’ve pulled from the vaults. Enjoy.

Hey, everybody. Bob Olson here with “Afterlife TV.” You can find us at after lifetv.com. This is where we search for evidence of life after death and ask the meaningful questions around that subject. Today I’m going to be doing a video report as opposed to one of our conversations that we have with our guests. A video report is something I really haven’t done in a long time and it’s really me talking to you, telling you about some of the evidence and answers that I have found over the years doing my research, my investigation of life after death.

For those who don’t know, I’ll briefly tell you. My father died in 1997 and just like so many of you, I had questions about if he went anywhere. If he did, where did he go, and what was that like? All those questions. But also what evidence do we have for this? How do we really know that there is an afterlife at all? And that started the journey for me.

I was a private investigator at the time and so I decided to use my skills as a private eye to be able to get the answers that I was seeking, and so many of you are. Years later, I finally put all the answers that I came up with, based on the evidence that I’d seen, into this book, “Answers About the Afterlife.” This just came out last year, “Answers About the Afterlife: A Private Investigator’s 15-year research unlocks the Mysteries of Life After Death.” I know a lot of you have read it and I really appreciate the wonderful comments that you have left as reviews on amazon.com, you’ve left on Facebook for me, YouTube, afterlifetv.com, and other places. You’ve even sent emails. Your generosity and love is very much appreciated. And I do read all of those and I get those messages and I appreciate them dearly.

What I’ve decided to do today is take the most popular question and answer from this book and actually read it to you. And I want to be able to share this with all the people who have not read this book because out of 150 questions that I answer here…there’s 150 questions that I have given the answers to based on my research. That’s what this book is all about. One question stood out far above all the others as to the one that people were so excited about, enthusiasm really abound because of the question, which is, “What’s the difference between a spirit and a soul?” And the reason is because this…when you finally understand this, it puts everything else in place. All of a sudden, when your reading the rest of the book or you’re doing your own research about life after death, it puts a lot of things in place that were a little confusing before. And that’s what it did for me.

This stuff, you know, as far as I understand, it’s very original and for a lot of people, they just, again, like me, had never heard it before. This came as a result, as a conclusion, to the evidence that I saw. And I’m going to read it to you now, which is something that I’ve never done before, but I thought, “Why not try it?” Right? We’ll give it a shot.

So here’s the question. “What is the difference between a soul and a spirit?” It would be difficult for you to understand some of the answers in this book without an initial understanding of my definitions for the words, soul, and spirit. Based on the evidence I’ve seen, this is how I perceive the relationship between soul and spirit. You don’t have to fully understand or accept my definitions at this point, but it’ll help you to understand my answers throughout this book. And this is one of the things that I do at the beginning of the book, the end of the book, even in the middle of book, as you can see, is I consistently try to let the reader know, I don’t want you to accept my answers for yourself. I want to simply inspire you to become your own afterlife investigator. I want you to see what is possible based on the experiences that I’ve had, and then decide for yourself that it’s something you want to consider as truth.

That’s where I was, you know, for the first two years. My father died in 97. This book came out last year and I was saying it was 15-year research. That’s because for the first two years I didn’t find any evidence at all because when someone is skeptical about life after death, where do they go to search? They don’t know where to search. They don’t know what to look for. So I actually didn’t start counting until 1999, and that’s when I started counting the 15 years. And what I think this book can do for you, if you’re interested in investigating life after death for yourself, is to show you what’s available out there, show you where to look. And then I give you my conclusions based on that evidence. But I do not try to force it down anyone’s throat. I want everyone make up their minds for themselves.

It continues. The soul is our whole self, the eternal and spiritual aspect of who we are. Since I’ve seen evidence that we experience many human lives, the soul is what is experiencing all those lifetimes. So if my soul has had a lifetime as Bob, another lifetime as George, and another lifetime as Sarah, then Bob, George, and Sarah all come from the same soul. I like to explain this using the analogy of the ocean and its waves. First, there is the ocean, then from that ocean come the waves. The ocean is the soul and the waves are the spirits. In this case, the spirit of Bob, the spirit of George, and the spirit of Sarah. So Bob, George, and Sarah are like waves and their soul is like the ocean.

You know, when I was thinking about this and writing about this, I was really thinking about, you know, the ocean wanting to experience the shore. Just as our soul wants to experience a human life. And so, in order to experience the shore, the ocean creates a wave and that wave goes and has an experience on the shore but then comes back to itself to, you know, basically download all of that information from the experience that it had. And that’s what we do as spirits. We sort of temporary…although still connected, we take our own journey, we experience a human life. We go back. We let our soul…we rejoin our soul and let it know what it was that we experienced.

Each spirit has its own individual characteristics, but each will also have some common characteristics of its soul. Because of this, another soul will always be able to recognize a spirit soul identity because of those signature characteristics. In other words, my wife’s soul will always be able to recognize my soul regardless of what life it is experiencing. Said another way, if we could watch videos of Bob, and George, and Sarah, we would be able to recognize similarities among them, which would be the signature characteristics of their soul. We might recognize their soul in their eyes, in their voice, in their mannerisms, but we’d recognize it for sure.

Now, taking this a step further, when I die, my spirit as Bob will leave my physical body and return home to the spirit world. In essence, my spirit will rejoin my soul and remain as an eternal aspect of my soul. In the same way that my human personality as a teenager is always present within me as an adult, my spirit as Bob will always be present in my soul. To keep the comparison going, Bob as a young boy, Bob as a teenager, Bob as a young adult, Bob as a middle-aged adult, and if I live that long, Bob as an older adult, are all different human aspects of my life as Bob, just as the spirit of Bob, the spirit of George, and the spirit of Sarah are all different aspects of my soul. You’ve probably heard people talk about their inner child. Well, there’s also an inner teenager in our young adults and in our middle-aged adults as well. These are parts of me that never disappear, even though I age in my appearance and personality change a little. So the equivalent to any of these inner aspects of myself would be my soul’s inner Bob, inner George, or inner Sarah.

While the spirits of Bob George’s Sarah return to the spirit world, thereby rejoining my soul, their whole self, their individual essences always remain as part of that soul. Hence they too do not disappear, meaning that I can always communicate with my father who is in spirit or my grandmother who is in spirit. It’s not as if they disappear into their souls either. The truth is that they were never really separate from their souls in the first place, so saying that we rejoin our souls is more metaphorical than literal. I don’t want you to mistakenly think that the spirit and soul are ever separate as they are not. They feel to us as separate as humans, but even now we are connected to our souls. And when we leave our bodies and return to the afterlife, we don’t technically reunite with our souls. It is more that we recognize our connection to our higher self, which we might not have recognized in the physical world.

When my soul chooses to experience a new life, let’s say as Julie, it will create a new spirit of itself. This is very important. And that spirit will inhabit a physical human body, that will be Julie. Therefore, when we discuss reincarnation later in this book, which we do, this question will help you understand that it’s not really Bob who was reincarnated, it’s Bob’s soul who is creating a new spirit, a new aspect of itself that will be known as Julie. Because Julie shares the same soul as Bob, and George, and Sarah, if she ever experiences a past life regression, she might have memories of one of those lifetimes. But to describe it more accurately, it’s her soul’s lifetimes that she’s experiencing because she is the wave to her ocean, her soul, and they are therefore connected as one, she is able to recall the other lifetimes of her soul. The wave doesn’t reincarnate as another wave. The ocean creates a new wave, which is connected both to the ocean and all the other waves that came before.

Why is this important? Well, for example, many people worry that their loved one might reincarnate before they themselves die and return to the afterlife. This soul versus spirit explanation helps you to understand that their loved one’s spirit isn’t actually who is reincarnating, it’s their loved one’s soul that has created a new spirit to experience another lifetime. So no matter how long a person lives, their loved one will always be there in the spirit world to greet them when they die.

Well, that’s the question and answer in my book that so many people have commented on. So many people have said that it just put everything together for them in terms of understanding life after death, understanding what it’s like for our spirits in the spirit world, and understanding, you know, things like reincarnation and worrying. And a lot of people worry about this idea that if they live too long so that if their loved one has reincarnated before they die, that they won’t be there for them to greet them when they cross over. Well, that explains why that is not true, why that’s not going to happen, and why it’s not something you need to worry about.

I hope you enjoyed this. Certainly, let me know in the comment sections what you think about it. If you want, I can read other questions and answers from the book. I’m pleased to share, you know, some of the more popular ones that are in there. Again, 150 questions and the answers are in the book that came out just last year, “Answers About the Afterlife: A Private Investigator’s 15-year Research Unlocks the Mysteries of Life After Death.” You can get it on Amazon. You can go to bobolson.com if you want to learn more about it and see some of the great praise I’ve got from other authors and other people. Anyways, thanks for listening and we’ll see you on our next Afterlife TV episode. Bye-bye now.

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Afterlife TV is presented by Afterlife Investigator & Psychic Medium Researcher Bob Olson, who is the author of Answers about the Afterlife: A Private Investigator’s 15-Year Research Unlocks the Mysteries of Life after Death.

Check out Bob Olson’s other sites: BestPsychicDirectory.com (a directory of hundreds of psychics & mediums by location with reviews & Instant Readings) & BestPsychicMediums.com (his personal recommended list of tested psychics and mediums) or visit Bob’s Facebook Page. Bob also has a popular workshop for psychics and mediums at PsychicMediumWorkshop.com.

Don’t miss another Afterlife TV episode. Join our email list to get new video announcements (and to download a free excerpt of Bob’s book): CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER.

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