Frankly speaking, I'm not sure that we fully understand these phrases "As Within, So Without" and "As Above, So Below". Myself included. It seems counter intuiative to me to create a system of spiritual progression based on a schematic. Also numbers have spiritual meaning now, and have been for awhile.
This is a certain type of conscious that is being used to define these "systems".
If we are taught and understand that Magick works through the subconscious, which has a better connection to the universe, then why do Magickal systems appear to be the exact opposite in construction?
Wouldn't you want pathwork that emulated the subconscious?
To be you closer to it, and the universe?
"As Without, So Within"
Learning systems and man made patterns are cool, but what is missing here is individual experience.
No framework, no laid out process.
Shit happened, you reacted, then learned from it.
In my personal experience, these are the events that had the most lasting imprint on my life.
Even now years later, I can go back and remember those events, and learn something new.
Something small/subtle, but powerful.
These experiences aren't built, they are lived and observed.
Maybe I'm crazy, things seem backwards. Even logically..
Well, I guess we'll have to find out eh?
Letters and words down here,
So I sound cool...Ha, Ha!!!