But perhaps 3 dimensional attributions that also contain the notion of time, another variable often left out of the conception of the tree
Time is most certainly not left out of the conception of the tree. Time is an inherent part of the tree, as represented by the astrological 'wheel of the year', the planetary days of the week, and as represented by geburah, where the 'formation' of chesed is subjected to the concept of change (time) during the process of creation from kether to malkuth.
You may want to review the Sefer Yetzirahhttp://www.holyebooks.org/judaism/sepher_yetzirah.htmlhttp://www.psyche.com/psyche/txt/kaplan_sy_short.html
"The author of our book [the SY] intends to show us how the existence of beings is realized. When the wise grasped this knowledge, they discovered the ten and only ten categories which reason can use to order all things: substance, quantity, quality, relation, space, time
, possession, position, action, and passivity. "
"Each letter of these three categories relates (in one-to-one correspondence) to an individual element in each of the three general dimensions of created reality: space, time
, living soul"
As a map i feel it suffers from a 2dimensional restriction and a seemingly linear story of temporal progress. Its also part of the problem in attributing static images, abstracts and other symbols. The idea that the map tries to imply a permanency becomes very apparent.
Yes, a 2-D image can be restrictive, particularly if you confuse the map with the territory. But the tree of life says as little about personal temporal progress as a street map. Any implication of permanency, linearity or temporal progress comes from your own interpretation, not from the map itself. Your understanding of the tree seems to be based on wrong assumptions or faulty information.
Since the map is an abstract awareness of relationships and the interactions of interchangeable patterns
The map is not "an abstract awareness", it is an abstract representation. The awareness comes from you. You can look at the map as a whole, you can break it down, you can use it however you will. Whether or not those approaches provide you with useful insights is a different story.