A recent class at Allegheny County Jail in Pennsylvania illustrates the way participants internalize concepts connected to responsibility and transformation. As part of the regular Path of Freedom curriculum, facilitators shared the difference between Above the Line (ATL) and Below the Line (BTL) thinking.
In order to shift from being Below the Line to Above the line, we practice accountability using the pneumonic device of CPA, looking at ways we Caused, Promoted or Allowed things which we had been blaming on others. The following comments from participants illustrate how these concepts landed with them:
“I learned the idea of CPA…cause it, promote it, allow it…and ways to use it towards my everyday life.”
“All really good and important things are above the line such as love, friendship, trust, and creativity. Taking responsibility, staying accountable and being vulnerable will help cultivate relationships based on trust.”
“I will use my thinking in a better position than thinking with a careless attitude.”
“I will us this information by stopping and thinking about my reactions. I will use breathing exercises to interrupt my anger cycle before it gets physical.”