Is there an order to manifesting with the Tree of Life?

Kind of an expansive question, I know.
I followed the directions of a guy who used the tree to create a thoughtform. He started at Kether and moved his way down, adding attributes at each sphere.

Then I read something that said the only way to explore the Tree of Life is through Sandalphon/Malkuth.

Does this mean for manifestation type things you can start at the top but for pathworking type things you need to start at the bottom.
What about all the rituals that incorporate Sachiel/Jupiter into them and do not start at the bottom or the top.

Is there any kind of guideline/best practices on this stuff or do you just do what seems right to you.