I'm not understanding all of the viewpoints given here but I found this at Nayanatiloka's Dictionary and thought it might be appropriate.http://what-buddha-said.net/library/Bud ... .htm#magga
".................Here it must also be emphasized that the links of the path not only do not arise one after the other, as already indicated, but also that they, at least in part, arise simultaneously as inseparably associated mental properties in one and the same state of consciousness.
Thus, for instance, under all circumstances at least 4 links are inseparably bound up with any kammically advantageous consciousness, namely 2, 6, 7 and 8, i.e. right thought, right effort, right awareness or mindfulness and right concentration M. 117, so that as soon as any one of these links arises, the three others also do so. On the other hand, right view is not necessarily present in every advantageous state of consciousness.
I added the underlining. Note that where it says "namely 2, 6. 7, and 8" the "7" is samma-sati and the "8" is sama-samadhi.